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Sea Spirit SS519 27 Nov 2016 to 4 Dec 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Early Meet and Greet this morning followed by the remaining guests arriving on the later morning flight.
Dive 1
Check dive, quite a swift drift dive with plenty to see - many white-tips, whip-tail, green turtle and hawksbill turtle, lovely anemones and an eagle ray. Large shoals of sweet-lips and blue stripe snappers.
Day 1
Dive 1
A tiger shark made two swim-bys, 6 stingrays and a huge shoal of banner fish filed the water column. We had wave after wave of fusiliers, boxfish, butterfly fish but ... WOW ... so many morays and some holes with 7 morays and 4 different ones all chilling out together!!
Dive 2
How lucky - we had 6 different MANTAS - with 4 cleaning together for the whole dive!!
Dive 3
Fab critter dive, 5 ribbon eels, a pair of leaf fish, so many spearing mantis, scorpion fish, a pair of full-moon gobys, unknown porcelain crab, so many cleaner shrimps and banded shrimp, lion fish, scorpion fish ... and ... the whole site was covered in a layer of basslets.
Night Dive
WOW - it was mental we sat at 8m watching the most amazing show of nurse sharks, their must have been 50+ in the water column that kept swimming right over or heads doing a circuit then swimming right above us again, stingrays, black-tips and giant trevally dashing around.
Day 2
Dive 1
A strange current on this dive! An in-current on both north and south corners - we had grey reef sharks throughout the dive, 3 eagle rays, hawksbills, rainbow runners, a couple of white-tips, large shoal of humphead snappers and bluestripe snappers. The best thing was being at 3m watching 5 blacktip reef sharks swimming around us along with 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
Lovely display of hard coral and coral blocks full of many different reef fish, eagle rays, 'freeway' of fusiliers throughout the dive, friendly turtle.
Dive 3
No whaleshark but we did have a very pleasant drift dive along a very pretty reef, robust pipe-fish, bird-wing flatworm and a bright pink flatworm, huge shoal of rabbit fish and unicorn fish, hundreds and hundreds of butterfly fish, whitetips and scorpion fish.
Day 3
Dive 1
Large stingrays, whitetips, grey sharks, dogtooth tuna, huge shoals of yellow goatfish and bluestripe snappers, a 'free-way' of fusiliers, turtles, octopus and peacock mantis.
Dive 2
Super visibility and the whole reef was so covered in fish. Turtles, 3 eagle rays, octopus, peacock mantis shrimps, white mouth moray.
Dive 3
WOW ... one super fast current! No chance to stop and we had a few up and down currents cutting the dive short … but what a ride!!!!!!
Day 4
Dive 1
MANTAS FOR THE WHOLE DIVE ... along with 3 eagle rays and so many grey reef sharks, huge shoals of bluestripe snappers and humphead snappers.
Dive 2
Fish soup with the whole site covered in juvenile bluestripe snappers, 4 hawksbill turtles, 8 grey reef sharks, hundreds of banner fish, la arge shoal of batfish and juvenile eagle ray.
Dive 3
Was fab having both juvenile greys and adult greys, juvenile eagle rays, barracuda, large amber jacks, mating octopus, 2 hawksbills, white-tips, zillions of basslets all over the reef, tuna and jacks charging around.
Night Dive
MANTA-TASTIC!!!! We had a fab display from 4 large female mantas right under the boat - it was hard to leave them.
Day 5
Dive 1
9 juvenile grey sharks cruising back and forth along the top of the thila and they came so close to us until the large female came and round them all up and took them back out deep, the little eagle ray stayed with us for the whole dive, octopus, large shoals of big eyes and bluestripe snappers.
Dive 2
Very chilled out dive with plenty of action and reef fish. Everyone loved the site and didn't want the dive to end.
Dive 3
Thought we’d go back to the same site as we had such a fab dive last time! What a difference from being chilled to full-on current - so we hooked in to watch the show! 8 large grey reef sharks swimming in formation back and forth right in front of us.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went over to the little sand island for a walk around and to watch the sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
A fast drift dive along the outside reef, grey sharks throughout the dive along with white-tips and large dog tooth tuna, and skip jack tuna charging the silversides on the reef top.
Dive 2
A great adventure for our last dive, with a drift from three palms then across the front of the channel. 8 eagle rays, whitetips, grey reef sharks, feather-tail rays and large marble ray, huge dogtooth tuna, huge shoal of circular batfish, chevron barracuda, a huge shoal of bluefin trevally and longsnout emperors and a large napoleon all trying to catch fish hiding in the reef. Spotted one of the largest napoleons I've seen here for a long time - he was HUGE!!!.
Ocean Crossing
Very pleasant crossing back to Male. We popped over to Male for the guests to have a walk around and to do a little shopping.
Evening Activity
Watch trip DVD after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early transfer for all guest back to the airport ready for their flight home.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Early Meet and Greet this morning followed by the remaining guests arriving on the later morning flight.
Dive 1
Check dive, quite a swift drift dive with plenty to see - many white-tips, whip-tail, green turtle and hawksbill turtle, lovely anemones and an eagle ray. Large shoals of sweet-lips and blue stripe snappers.
Day 1
Dive 1
A tiger shark made two swim-bys, 6 stingrays and a huge shoal of banner fish filed the water column. We had wave after wave of fusiliers, boxfish, butterfly fish but ... WOW ... so many morays and some holes with 7 morays and 4 different ones all chilling out together!!
Dive 2
How lucky - we had 6 different MANTAS - with 4 cleaning together for the whole dive!!
Dive 3
Fab critter dive, 5 ribbon eels, a pair of leaf fish, so many spearing mantis, scorpion fish, a pair of full-moon gobys, unknown porcelain crab, so many cleaner shrimps and banded shrimp, lion fish, scorpion fish ... and ... the whole site was covered in a layer of basslets.
Night Dive
WOW - it was mental we sat at 8m watching the most amazing show of nurse sharks, their must have been 50+ in the water column that kept swimming right over or heads doing a circuit then swimming right above us again, stingrays, black-tips and giant trevally dashing around.
Day 2
Dive 1
A strange current on this dive! An in-current on both north and south corners - we had grey reef sharks throughout the dive, 3 eagle rays, hawksbills, rainbow runners, a couple of white-tips, large shoal of humphead snappers and bluestripe snappers. The best thing was being at 3m watching 5 blacktip reef sharks swimming around us along with 2 eagle rays.
Dive 2
Lovely display of hard coral and coral blocks full of many different reef fish, eagle rays, 'freeway' of fusiliers throughout the dive, friendly turtle.
Dive 3
No whaleshark but we did have a very pleasant drift dive along a very pretty reef, robust pipe-fish, bird-wing flatworm and a bright pink flatworm, huge shoal of rabbit fish and unicorn fish, hundreds and hundreds of butterfly fish, whitetips and scorpion fish.
Day 3
Dive 1
Large stingrays, whitetips, grey sharks, dogtooth tuna, huge shoals of yellow goatfish and bluestripe snappers, a 'free-way' of fusiliers, turtles, octopus and peacock mantis.
Dive 2
Super visibility and the whole reef was so covered in fish. Turtles, 3 eagle rays, octopus, peacock mantis shrimps, white mouth moray.
Dive 3
WOW ... one super fast current! No chance to stop and we had a few up and down currents cutting the dive short … but what a ride!!!!!!
Day 4
Dive 1
MANTAS FOR THE WHOLE DIVE ... along with 3 eagle rays and so many grey reef sharks, huge shoals of bluestripe snappers and humphead snappers.
Dive 2
Fish soup with the whole site covered in juvenile bluestripe snappers, 4 hawksbill turtles, 8 grey reef sharks, hundreds of banner fish, la arge shoal of batfish and juvenile eagle ray.
Dive 3
Was fab having both juvenile greys and adult greys, juvenile eagle rays, barracuda, large amber jacks, mating octopus, 2 hawksbills, white-tips, zillions of basslets all over the reef, tuna and jacks charging around.
Night Dive
MANTA-TASTIC!!!! We had a fab display from 4 large female mantas right under the boat - it was hard to leave them.
Day 5
Dive 1
9 juvenile grey sharks cruising back and forth along the top of the thila and they came so close to us until the large female came and round them all up and took them back out deep, the little eagle ray stayed with us for the whole dive, octopus, large shoals of big eyes and bluestripe snappers.
Dive 2
Very chilled out dive with plenty of action and reef fish. Everyone loved the site and didn't want the dive to end.
Dive 3
Thought we’d go back to the same site as we had such a fab dive last time! What a difference from being chilled to full-on current - so we hooked in to watch the show! 8 large grey reef sharks swimming in formation back and forth right in front of us.
Evening Activity
A few of the guests went over to the little sand island for a walk around and to watch the sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
A fast drift dive along the outside reef, grey sharks throughout the dive along with white-tips and large dog tooth tuna, and skip jack tuna charging the silversides on the reef top.
Dive 2
A great adventure for our last dive, with a drift from three palms then across the front of the channel. 8 eagle rays, whitetips, grey reef sharks, feather-tail rays and large marble ray, huge dogtooth tuna, huge shoal of circular batfish, chevron barracuda, a huge shoal of bluefin trevally and longsnout emperors and a large napoleon all trying to catch fish hiding in the reef. Spotted one of the largest napoleons I've seen here for a long time - he was HUGE!!!.
Ocean Crossing
Very pleasant crossing back to Male. We popped over to Male for the guests to have a walk around and to do a little shopping.
Evening Activity
Watch trip DVD after dinner.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early transfer for all guest back to the airport ready for their flight home.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS518 13 Nov 2016 to 25 Nov 2016 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Our guests arrived from two different flights, but everyone came thought quite quickly. Once we were all on board, the anchor down and paperwork filled out, it was time to prepare the dive equipment ready for the check dive.
Dive 1
Great check-dive with a guitar shark right at the start of the dive swimming around, so many sting rays and every hole had a moray in it - some holes you had 4 different types! 100s of banner fish, box fish, a group of remora swimming around and a napoleon.
Day 1
Dive 1
Super MANTA dive!!! We had 13 all together and this went on for the whole 75 min dive - not a bad way to start the day!
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back for more manta fun - again, MANTAS FROM START TO FINISH with 6 cleaning together.
Dive 3
Nurse sharks swimming round plus one lemon shark, sting rays, huge dogtooth tuna, hawksbill turtle and loads of pyramid butterflyfish.
Day 2
Dive 1
8 eagle rays, many whitetip sharks, hawksbill turtles and juvenile grey reef sharks. But the best was having a male and female doing a courtship dance out in the blue - it was amazing to watch and then the female decided to swim within and inch of me and so fast it actually made me jump!!!
Dive 2
A swift drift dive. We 'flew' along the reef and we even managed to reach the end, cross the channel and make our way along the outside reef on the other side of the channel. Fab fun.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth ocean crossing - we even had a huge pod of common dolphins come play along side Sea Spirit.
Dive 3
Dusk dive and what a fab dive, with so many anemones over the thila. The whole site was covered in glassfish and silversides, bluefin trevally going crazy, lobsters and a large saddleback grouper being cleaned ... and we surfaced to a stunning pink sky!
Day 3
Dive 1
100s and 100s of bigeye jacks, large female grey being chased by a smaller male (missing us by inches!), mating octopus, large shoals of rainbow runners, a 'freeway' of fusiliers, huge shoals of bluestripe and humphead snappers, and yellow goatfish. But the best was having 3 MANTAS CLEANING and, at times, making very close passes over our heads. Fabulous!
Dive 2
It had to be done - we decided to go enjoy the MANTAS one more time ... and all the lovely fishes.
Dive 3
Fab dive with eagle rays and grey sharks at the start, a large shoal of bigeye jacks, so many giant sweetlips, a free swimming honeycomb moray, 3 threadfin jacks, leaf fish, robust pipefish, 100s of bluestrip snappers and redtail butterflyfish, a juvenile green turtle and a large shoal of midnight snappers.
Night Dive
A very interesting wreck - full of life! bumphead parrot fish, arge saddle back grouper, black coral full of clear shrimps, sea pens (one with a pair of little crabs living on it), flathead fish, an unknown little octopus, white spearing mantis, flounder, unknown reef pipefish, two different types of nudis and all the time black jacks kept charging around.
Day 4
Dive 1
So many green turtles, bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, mobula and a huge shoal of humphead snappers on the reef top.
Dive 2
Grey sharks swimming along the edge of the ridge and very close to the guests for most of the dive. A large shoal of fosters barracuda, 100s of bigeye jacks, hawksbill, octopus, juvenile eagle ray and batfish.
Dive 3
Guitar shark, sting ray being cleaned, a little eagle ray and a pair of flying gurnard. All the morays seemed to be out of their holes and up in the water column like posts - very strange!!! Two very friendly hawksbills, octopus and batfish while doing our stops.
Day 5
Dive 1
What an AMZING dive - the whole thila was covered in glassfish and big waves of silversides. At times you couldn't even see your buddy!
Dive 2
Silvertip sharks resting under one of the overhangs, grey sharks swimming around, whitetips, a huge shoal of indian and bluestripe snappers, large shoals of soliderfish, amber jacks and rainbow runners charging around.
Dive 3
Guitar shark, a couple of small greys, stingray, turtle, large shoal of amber jacks, barracuda, 100s and 100s of bluestripe snappers and the bluefin trevally kept charging the waves of silversides. The large coral blocks on the top of the thila were full of yellowback fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Rain did not stop us from going for a lovely walk around the local island of Maroshi to see the lovely Kani tree and walk along the beach.
Day 6
Dive 1
Large nurse shark, a couple of large grey sharks, two male stingrays following a large female stingray around, a huge shoal of batfish, barracuda, amber jacks, so many lobsters and a large starfish on the reef top.
Dive 2
The pinnacles were covered in silversides which had bluefin trevally and rainbow runners along with skipjack tuna charging them! We had greys sharks and stingray but, for me, the best part of the dive was watching the silversides making amazing patterns in my torchlight.
Dive 3
What a beautiful site!!! Some of the most AMAZING SOFT CORAL I've seen .. and so many fish. Can't wait to dive it again!
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went for a walk around the local island - they said it was so nice to be able to watch normal island life rather than visiting an island where they rely on tourist sales.
Day 7
Dive 1
Amazing visibility, but a shame we didn't get anything other than a large wahoo come and say 'hello'. But a nice feeling 'hanging' in the deep blue water.
Dive 2
So many reef fish and 100s and 100s of bluestripe and humphead snappers, yellow goatfish, a couple of stingrays, whitetips and large napoleon. But the best was having a very special sighting of a large ORNATE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Love this site!!! There is always so much to see and interesting pinnacles full of coral and reef fish and amazing visibility.
Day 8
Dive 1
4 MANTAS with the large female staying for the whole dive! It was lovely having this dive site to ourselves.
Dive 2
Back for more MANTA MAGIC and what a show they put on!!! In the end we had 8 MANTAS all in only 7m!!! They really didn't mind us being there and seemed to enjoy our company. It was hard work getting everyone to leave because it was so beautiful.
Daytime Excursion
The Manta Trust team came aboard to give a very interesting talk to the guests.
Dive 3
Visibility was really low but we still had loads of action with wave after wave of fusiliers being hunted by the giant trevally. A very friendly hawksbill, a pretty 'swim through', beautiful fan corals and black coral bushes with longnose hawkfish and clear and banded shrimps .
Night Dive
WOW ... we got completely surrounded by silversides and at times you could not even see the reef as there were so many!!! And this went on for the whole dive! We also saw stingrays and morays eating the silversides (which got stunned in our lights), a huge hermit crab, leopard snake eel and spearing mantis shrimps.
Ocean Crossing
Night crossing between atolls.
Day 9
Dive 1
A super dive with so many grey reef sharks, little eagleray, 3 hawksbill turtles, bluefin tuna charging the fusiliers and the whole reef top was covered in juvenile bluestripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 FEMALE MANTAS for most of the dive, with the smaller female doing 'loop-the-loops' and a lovely coral garden to drift over at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
Hoping to see a whaleshark - but no luck today, but we did have 2 mobula, eagle rays, whitetips and grey reef sharks, large green turtle, hawksbill, 100s of pyramid butterflyfish, a 'free-way' of fusiliers, geometric chromodoris, octopus and peacock mantis shrimp.
Day 10
Dive 1
No luck with finding a whaleshark but we still had a lovely dive. A huge stingray being cleaned, 2 hawksbill turtles, whitetips, grey reef sharks, large dogtooth tuna, 100s and 100s of fusiliers, octopus, huge shoal of yellow goatfish and bluestripe snappers - plus fantastic visibility!
Dive 2
I have to say this must be THE BEST soft coral coverage on a site in Ari Atoll! Pinnacles and overhangs full of pink and peach soft coral plus layer after layer of fan corals. A huge guitar shark swam right under us, two pairs of whipcoral shrimps, whitetip sharks and turtles. The reef top is still lovely with coral blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and spiky soft coral.
Dive 3
WOW ... a pod of common DOLPHINS swam right up to us on the dive!! And we saw 7 ribbon eels, a pair of leaffish, many scorpion fish and spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of full moon gobys (which are very rare here in the Maldives), honeycomb morays, lionfish and shoaling pyramid butterflyfish on the reef top.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip and we swam right into a lovely young female leopard shark! We had both whitetips and grey reef sharks, large eagle ray, a very friendly turtle, 3 octopus, leaffish, spearing mantis shrimps, 100s of banner fish, honeycomb moray and layer after layer of fan corals in the overhangs. The whole corner is covered in a blanket of orange basslets all darting up in to the water column like a firework display! A super dive to finish the trip on.
Snorkelling
Some of the guests went for a pleasant snorkel along a house reef to cool off before heading back into Hulemale.
Daytime Excursion
After lunch our guest went for a walk around Male and an ice-cream. Then back to Sea Spirit to finish their packing ready for the flights home in the morning.
Evening Activity
After dinner guests had a treat with live music by David ... perfect end to a perfect trip.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early transfer to the airport for all guests, ready for their flights to Dubai and onto the UK.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Our guests arrived from two different flights, but everyone came thought quite quickly. Once we were all on board, the anchor down and paperwork filled out, it was time to prepare the dive equipment ready for the check dive.
Dive 1
Great check-dive with a guitar shark right at the start of the dive swimming around, so many sting rays and every hole had a moray in it - some holes you had 4 different types! 100s of banner fish, box fish, a group of remora swimming around and a napoleon.
Day 1
Dive 1
Super MANTA dive!!! We had 13 all together and this went on for the whole 75 min dive - not a bad way to start the day!
Dive 2
Everyone was more than happy to go back for more manta fun - again, MANTAS FROM START TO FINISH with 6 cleaning together.
Dive 3
Nurse sharks swimming round plus one lemon shark, sting rays, huge dogtooth tuna, hawksbill turtle and loads of pyramid butterflyfish.
Day 2
Dive 1
8 eagle rays, many whitetip sharks, hawksbill turtles and juvenile grey reef sharks. But the best was having a male and female doing a courtship dance out in the blue - it was amazing to watch and then the female decided to swim within and inch of me and so fast it actually made me jump!!!
Dive 2
A swift drift dive. We 'flew' along the reef and we even managed to reach the end, cross the channel and make our way along the outside reef on the other side of the channel. Fab fun.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth ocean crossing - we even had a huge pod of common dolphins come play along side Sea Spirit.
Dive 3
Dusk dive and what a fab dive, with so many anemones over the thila. The whole site was covered in glassfish and silversides, bluefin trevally going crazy, lobsters and a large saddleback grouper being cleaned ... and we surfaced to a stunning pink sky!
Day 3
Dive 1
100s and 100s of bigeye jacks, large female grey being chased by a smaller male (missing us by inches!), mating octopus, large shoals of rainbow runners, a 'freeway' of fusiliers, huge shoals of bluestripe and humphead snappers, and yellow goatfish. But the best was having 3 MANTAS CLEANING and, at times, making very close passes over our heads. Fabulous!
Dive 2
It had to be done - we decided to go enjoy the MANTAS one more time ... and all the lovely fishes.
Dive 3
Fab dive with eagle rays and grey sharks at the start, a large shoal of bigeye jacks, so many giant sweetlips, a free swimming honeycomb moray, 3 threadfin jacks, leaf fish, robust pipefish, 100s of bluestrip snappers and redtail butterflyfish, a juvenile green turtle and a large shoal of midnight snappers.
Night Dive
A very interesting wreck - full of life! bumphead parrot fish, arge saddle back grouper, black coral full of clear shrimps, sea pens (one with a pair of little crabs living on it), flathead fish, an unknown little octopus, white spearing mantis, flounder, unknown reef pipefish, two different types of nudis and all the time black jacks kept charging around.
Day 4
Dive 1
So many green turtles, bumphead parrotfish, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, mobula and a huge shoal of humphead snappers on the reef top.
Dive 2
Grey sharks swimming along the edge of the ridge and very close to the guests for most of the dive. A large shoal of fosters barracuda, 100s of bigeye jacks, hawksbill, octopus, juvenile eagle ray and batfish.
Dive 3
Guitar shark, sting ray being cleaned, a little eagle ray and a pair of flying gurnard. All the morays seemed to be out of their holes and up in the water column like posts - very strange!!! Two very friendly hawksbills, octopus and batfish while doing our stops.
Day 5
Dive 1
What an AMZING dive - the whole thila was covered in glassfish and big waves of silversides. At times you couldn't even see your buddy!
Dive 2
Silvertip sharks resting under one of the overhangs, grey sharks swimming around, whitetips, a huge shoal of indian and bluestripe snappers, large shoals of soliderfish, amber jacks and rainbow runners charging around.
Dive 3
Guitar shark, a couple of small greys, stingray, turtle, large shoal of amber jacks, barracuda, 100s and 100s of bluestripe snappers and the bluefin trevally kept charging the waves of silversides. The large coral blocks on the top of the thila were full of yellowback fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Rain did not stop us from going for a lovely walk around the local island of Maroshi to see the lovely Kani tree and walk along the beach.
Day 6
Dive 1
Large nurse shark, a couple of large grey sharks, two male stingrays following a large female stingray around, a huge shoal of batfish, barracuda, amber jacks, so many lobsters and a large starfish on the reef top.
Dive 2
The pinnacles were covered in silversides which had bluefin trevally and rainbow runners along with skipjack tuna charging them! We had greys sharks and stingray but, for me, the best part of the dive was watching the silversides making amazing patterns in my torchlight.
Dive 3
What a beautiful site!!! Some of the most AMAZING SOFT CORAL I've seen .. and so many fish. Can't wait to dive it again!
Evening Activity
A couple of guests went for a walk around the local island - they said it was so nice to be able to watch normal island life rather than visiting an island where they rely on tourist sales.
Day 7
Dive 1
Amazing visibility, but a shame we didn't get anything other than a large wahoo come and say 'hello'. But a nice feeling 'hanging' in the deep blue water.
Dive 2
So many reef fish and 100s and 100s of bluestripe and humphead snappers, yellow goatfish, a couple of stingrays, whitetips and large napoleon. But the best was having a very special sighting of a large ORNATE EAGLE RAY.
Dive 3
Love this site!!! There is always so much to see and interesting pinnacles full of coral and reef fish and amazing visibility.
Day 8
Dive 1
4 MANTAS with the large female staying for the whole dive! It was lovely having this dive site to ourselves.
Dive 2
Back for more MANTA MAGIC and what a show they put on!!! In the end we had 8 MANTAS all in only 7m!!! They really didn't mind us being there and seemed to enjoy our company. It was hard work getting everyone to leave because it was so beautiful.
Daytime Excursion
The Manta Trust team came aboard to give a very interesting talk to the guests.
Dive 3
Visibility was really low but we still had loads of action with wave after wave of fusiliers being hunted by the giant trevally. A very friendly hawksbill, a pretty 'swim through', beautiful fan corals and black coral bushes with longnose hawkfish and clear and banded shrimps .
Night Dive
WOW ... we got completely surrounded by silversides and at times you could not even see the reef as there were so many!!! And this went on for the whole dive! We also saw stingrays and morays eating the silversides (which got stunned in our lights), a huge hermit crab, leopard snake eel and spearing mantis shrimps.
Ocean Crossing
Night crossing between atolls.
Day 9
Dive 1
A super dive with so many grey reef sharks, little eagleray, 3 hawksbill turtles, bluefin tuna charging the fusiliers and the whole reef top was covered in juvenile bluestripe snappers.
Dive 2
3 FEMALE MANTAS for most of the dive, with the smaller female doing 'loop-the-loops' and a lovely coral garden to drift over at the end of the dive.
Dive 3
Hoping to see a whaleshark - but no luck today, but we did have 2 mobula, eagle rays, whitetips and grey reef sharks, large green turtle, hawksbill, 100s of pyramid butterflyfish, a 'free-way' of fusiliers, geometric chromodoris, octopus and peacock mantis shrimp.
Day 10
Dive 1
No luck with finding a whaleshark but we still had a lovely dive. A huge stingray being cleaned, 2 hawksbill turtles, whitetips, grey reef sharks, large dogtooth tuna, 100s and 100s of fusiliers, octopus, huge shoal of yellow goatfish and bluestripe snappers - plus fantastic visibility!
Dive 2
I have to say this must be THE BEST soft coral coverage on a site in Ari Atoll! Pinnacles and overhangs full of pink and peach soft coral plus layer after layer of fan corals. A huge guitar shark swam right under us, two pairs of whipcoral shrimps, whitetip sharks and turtles. The reef top is still lovely with coral blocks covered in bluestripe snappers and spiky soft coral.
Dive 3
WOW ... a pod of common DOLPHINS swam right up to us on the dive!! And we saw 7 ribbon eels, a pair of leaffish, many scorpion fish and spearing mantis shrimps, a pair of full moon gobys (which are very rare here in the Maldives), honeycomb morays, lionfish and shoaling pyramid butterflyfish on the reef top.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip and we swam right into a lovely young female leopard shark! We had both whitetips and grey reef sharks, large eagle ray, a very friendly turtle, 3 octopus, leaffish, spearing mantis shrimps, 100s of banner fish, honeycomb moray and layer after layer of fan corals in the overhangs. The whole corner is covered in a blanket of orange basslets all darting up in to the water column like a firework display! A super dive to finish the trip on.
Snorkelling
Some of the guests went for a pleasant snorkel along a house reef to cool off before heading back into Hulemale.
Daytime Excursion
After lunch our guest went for a walk around Male and an ice-cream. Then back to Sea Spirit to finish their packing ready for the flights home in the morning.
Evening Activity
After dinner guests had a treat with live music by David ... perfect end to a perfect trip.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early transfer to the airport for all guests, ready for their flights to Dubai and onto the UK.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS517 6 Nov 2016 to 13 Nov 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Had two flight arrivals this morning. Once everyone was through with their luggage and all on Numath we made our way over to Sea Spirit ready to move to the evening anchor. Paperwork all filled out, get set up and buoyancy checks done ready for the check dive.
Dive 1
Fun check dive! Guitar shark swimming around, so many sting rays - I counted 20 together with a large female being followed by 19 males (lucky lady!!!!!). So many different morays out - 6 all in one hole! 100s of banner fish and surgeon fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
MANTAS all over the dive site!!!
Dive 2
8 MANTAS CLEANING together, 9 mobula, 3 eagle rays, turtles, Blue-stripe snappers, juv grey shark and w-tips.
Dive 3
3 Lemon sharks, huge nurse sharks - 10 swimming around together. Jenkins rays, hawksbill and a large shoal of circular bat fish.
Day 2
Dive 1
5 Eagle rays, plenty of juv w-tips, great barracuda, a 'free-way' of fusiliers and a large shoal of rainbow runners.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing to Ari Atoll.
Dive 2
Couple of grey reef sharks, w-tips, eagle rays, 3 leaf fish, large shoal of mullet fish, turtles, big eye jacks, barracuda, sweet-lips and 100s of pyramid butterfly fish.
Dive 3
7 juv Grey reef sharks, couple of w-tips, 2 hawksbill turtles, juv eagle ray, small grouper and a couple of snappers all trying to muscle in on the poor octopus who was doing all the hunting!
Night Dive
We had a lovely FEMALE MANTA come and stay with us for the whole night - allowing a couple of the guests a very pleasant night dive with her.
Day 3
Dive 1
Lovely gentle drift dive along stunning pinnacles full of soft coral and layer after layer of basslets, eagle ray, w-tips, saddle back groupers and wave after wave of yellow back fusiliers.
Dive 2
A little more current carrying us along the lovely overhangs which were all full of 100s of blue stripe snapper and banner fish, large peacock flounder, hawksbills and a sting ray being cleaned.
Dive 3
SO MANY WHITE TIPS!! and a sting ray, whip-tail ray, turtles, juv black ribbon eel, a pair of white porcelain crabs and a large shoal of big eyes .
Day 4
Dive 1
Eagle ray, w-tips, large shoal of blue-stripe snappers, black-tips reef shark and a couple of hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
RESULT!!! TWO DIFFERENT WHALESHARKS ON THE DIVE!!!
Dive 3
3 leaf fish, whip coral blenny, 2 pairs of golden coral goby, unknown flatworm, a new type of spearing mantis (which I've never seen before!!), napoleon, w-tips and grey reef shark.
Night Dive
Crazy fun night dive with many nurse sharks, sting rays, giant trevally, blue fin trevally, black-tip reef sharks and mini octopus.
Day 5
Dive 1
Channel crossing with a couple of w-tips, eagle rays, 2 MANTAS, a turtle, honey-comb morays, large shoal of red-tail butterfly fish and a pair of purple fire gobies.
Snorkelling
Quick snorkel with 6 FEEDING MANTAS after the dive!!
Dive 2
'Critter Heaven' - making it a great macro dive.
Dive 3
Super dive with so much action on the corner - a 'freeway' of fusiliers being charged at by large dogtooth tuna, mobula, eagle rays, sting rays, w-tips, hawksbills, 2 leaf fish, honey comb morays.
Evening Activity
Island visit for guests to have a walk-about and watch a stunning sunset from the island.
Day 6
Dive 1
A pair of porcelain crabs, w-tips, HUGE green turtle, pair of robust pipe fish, stunning red anemones, hawksbills, octopus, grey reef sharks, a large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish.
Snorkelling
A lovely snorkel after lunch to cool off.
Evening Activity
After dinner we had an impromptu photo competition between 4 guests - won by Neil with his picture of redtail butterfly fish!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
An early start with guest transfer back to the airport ready for their flights back to the UK.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Had two flight arrivals this morning. Once everyone was through with their luggage and all on Numath we made our way over to Sea Spirit ready to move to the evening anchor. Paperwork all filled out, get set up and buoyancy checks done ready for the check dive.
Dive 1
Fun check dive! Guitar shark swimming around, so many sting rays - I counted 20 together with a large female being followed by 19 males (lucky lady!!!!!). So many different morays out - 6 all in one hole! 100s of banner fish and surgeon fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
MANTAS all over the dive site!!!
Dive 2
8 MANTAS CLEANING together, 9 mobula, 3 eagle rays, turtles, Blue-stripe snappers, juv grey shark and w-tips.
Dive 3
3 Lemon sharks, huge nurse sharks - 10 swimming around together. Jenkins rays, hawksbill and a large shoal of circular bat fish.
Day 2
Dive 1
5 Eagle rays, plenty of juv w-tips, great barracuda, a 'free-way' of fusiliers and a large shoal of rainbow runners.
Ocean Crossing
Very smooth crossing to Ari Atoll.
Dive 2
Couple of grey reef sharks, w-tips, eagle rays, 3 leaf fish, large shoal of mullet fish, turtles, big eye jacks, barracuda, sweet-lips and 100s of pyramid butterfly fish.
Dive 3
7 juv Grey reef sharks, couple of w-tips, 2 hawksbill turtles, juv eagle ray, small grouper and a couple of snappers all trying to muscle in on the poor octopus who was doing all the hunting!
Night Dive
We had a lovely FEMALE MANTA come and stay with us for the whole night - allowing a couple of the guests a very pleasant night dive with her.
Day 3
Dive 1
Lovely gentle drift dive along stunning pinnacles full of soft coral and layer after layer of basslets, eagle ray, w-tips, saddle back groupers and wave after wave of yellow back fusiliers.
Dive 2
A little more current carrying us along the lovely overhangs which were all full of 100s of blue stripe snapper and banner fish, large peacock flounder, hawksbills and a sting ray being cleaned.
Dive 3
SO MANY WHITE TIPS!! and a sting ray, whip-tail ray, turtles, juv black ribbon eel, a pair of white porcelain crabs and a large shoal of big eyes .
Day 4
Dive 1
Eagle ray, w-tips, large shoal of blue-stripe snappers, black-tips reef shark and a couple of hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
RESULT!!! TWO DIFFERENT WHALESHARKS ON THE DIVE!!!
Dive 3
3 leaf fish, whip coral blenny, 2 pairs of golden coral goby, unknown flatworm, a new type of spearing mantis (which I've never seen before!!), napoleon, w-tips and grey reef shark.
Night Dive
Crazy fun night dive with many nurse sharks, sting rays, giant trevally, blue fin trevally, black-tip reef sharks and mini octopus.
Day 5
Dive 1
Channel crossing with a couple of w-tips, eagle rays, 2 MANTAS, a turtle, honey-comb morays, large shoal of red-tail butterfly fish and a pair of purple fire gobies.
Snorkelling
Quick snorkel with 6 FEEDING MANTAS after the dive!!
Dive 2
'Critter Heaven' - making it a great macro dive.
Dive 3
Super dive with so much action on the corner - a 'freeway' of fusiliers being charged at by large dogtooth tuna, mobula, eagle rays, sting rays, w-tips, hawksbills, 2 leaf fish, honey comb morays.
Evening Activity
Island visit for guests to have a walk-about and watch a stunning sunset from the island.
Day 6
Dive 1
A pair of porcelain crabs, w-tips, HUGE green turtle, pair of robust pipe fish, stunning red anemones, hawksbills, octopus, grey reef sharks, a large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish.
Snorkelling
A lovely snorkel after lunch to cool off.
Evening Activity
After dinner we had an impromptu photo competition between 4 guests - won by Neil with his picture of redtail butterfly fish!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
An early start with guest transfer back to the airport ready for their flights back to the UK.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS515 23 Oct 2016 to 30 Oct 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
We had guests arriving on both the morning Emirates flights and everyone came through quickly. Once on Sea Spirit, guests filled in their paperwork and set their dive gear up ready for the check dive later in the afternoon.
Dive 1
The winds had picked up to quiet strong and we had plenty of rain making the sea too rough to move around. We ended up diving 'the corner' which was a comfortable drift dive with plenty of reef fish and a couple of w-tips, honey-comb morays and turtles.
Day 1
Dive 1
What a dive!!! We had MANTA MADNESS for over 70 mins!!!
Dive 2
Another Manta-tastic dive we must have had 30+ MANTAS all going crazy - males chasing females around for large mating chains while the female took them on a right merry-go-round. Plus we had mating octopus, w-tips and hawksbill turtles all around the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Pilot Whales right along the side of Sea Spirit. We had a group of four females with a very small baby in between them - the male was huge but stayed right alongside the females and baby. Wave after wave of fusiliers for the whole dive plus a pair of robust pipe fish, juv green turtle, crazy batfish, w-tips, honey-comb morays, huge shoals of blue-stripe snappers, 3 spot snappers, large groups of moorish idols, w-tips, pair of porcelain crabs, large shoal of sweet-lips and shoals of rainbow runners.
Day 2
Dive 1
The best way to describe this site is 'Fish Soup' ... plus a MANTA!.
Dive 2
We sat a watched a lovely display of up to 18 MANTAS CLEANING at one time. No chasing today, just the perfect manta ballet - all taking it in turns for the main spot on the cleaning station. Throughout the dive we had a pair of mating Octopus right on top of one of the coral blocks that form the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Wasn't to sure what to expect on this dive but we had a fab time with many sting-rays, nurse sharks going crazy and 3 LEMON SHARKS. Plus hundreds and hundreds of fusiliers and many reef fish.
Evening Activity
Wow what a sunset … !
Day 3
Dive 1
6 Eagle rays, large feather-tail ray, w-tips, juv grey reef shark, juv reindeer wrasse and anemone fish with their freshly laid eggs.
Ocean Crossing
A very smooth atoll crossing and we even had a pod of dolphins swim by!
Dive 2
Super dive - everyone loved it! The whole site is full of reef fish, w-tips, grey reef shark, 4 leaf fish, large tapestry shrimp, shoaling big eyes, dog-tooth tuna. Finishing the dive we drifted over the very pretty coral garden on the main reef.
Dive 3
All the guests were very happy to go back and do another dive back on Rasdhoo. The site is totally full of life with something for everyone - from macro to pelagic to just plain pretty!
Evening Activity
Another lovely sunset :)
Day 4
Dive 1
Early morning dive - we hung out in the blue for a while hoping for hammer-heads but no luck. So back to the reef were we had grey reef sharks, w-tips, a couple of eagle rays, huge dogtooth tuna, wave after wave of fusiliers and so many smaller reef fish. But for me, the best was right at the end having 3 black-tips reef sharks swim round us while hunting in the shallows.
Dive 2
The first half of the dive was an in-current then, half way into the dive, the current changed to an out-current taking us back to where we started our dive! But this was fine - we finished over the large coral blocks full of snappers and sweet-lips, so many w-tips all hanging out together, a marble ray, a feather-tail ray and an octopus.
Dive 3
This site is a classic that still delivers!! We had 7 juv grey sharks along with 3 large ones, many w-tips, little eagle ray, a pair of octopus, hawksbill turtle, batfish and giant trevally hunting.
Night Dive
Fab night dive with 2 sting rays following us for the whole dive. Interesting watching the giant trevally and w-tips following the morays around who seemed to be doing all the hard work finding the fish, scaring them out of hiding, then to have the other eat them. Extra Night Dive What a day to finish with mantas come feed at the back of the boat , so yes we sat at 8m and had a very cheeky male manta stay with us for over 60min and sometimes a large female would do a couple of loops.
Day 5
Dive 1
'Fish soup' sums it up really - along with three hawksbill turtles and two grey reef sharks. Super dive!!!
Dive 2
Strong in-current bringing with it many grey reef sharks - I counted 27 before I lost count!!! We also had three eagle rays and many w-tips, large shoal of fosters barracuda and big eye jacks and huge green turtles.
Dive 3
A MANTA swam right over the heads of the divers!!! Also saw w-tips, a pair of porcelain crabs, honey-comb moray and a large shoal of banner fish.
Evening Activity
Drinks on the sundeck while we watched the sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
A strong out-current meant we 'flew' along the reef - it was hard work stopping to watch the grey reef sharks (who also seemed to be having a hard time!), one large eagle ray, stunning bright pink anemone, porcelain crabs, w-tips hanging out on the corner, a cute juv green turtle and wave after wave of fusiliers being charged at by blue fin trevally.
Dive 2
David took the three guest going to a resort for a dive and the boys took the other guests who were flying home the next day for a snorkel. Currents were still running strong so diving the corner was the best plan - which worked great as we had MANTA up close and personal!! Also w-tips, coral blocks full of reef fish, green turtles, honey-comb morays and hawksbills.
Ocean Crossing
Pleasant crossing back to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Guests decided they didn't want to go to Male - so everyone just chilled on the boat and enjoy the last of the sunshine.
Evening Activity
We watched the trip DVD - followed by live music by Dave!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all the guests to the airport ready for their flights back UK.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
We had guests arriving on both the morning Emirates flights and everyone came through quickly. Once on Sea Spirit, guests filled in their paperwork and set their dive gear up ready for the check dive later in the afternoon.
Dive 1
The winds had picked up to quiet strong and we had plenty of rain making the sea too rough to move around. We ended up diving 'the corner' which was a comfortable drift dive with plenty of reef fish and a couple of w-tips, honey-comb morays and turtles.
Day 1
Dive 1
What a dive!!! We had MANTA MADNESS for over 70 mins!!!
Dive 2
Another Manta-tastic dive we must have had 30+ MANTAS all going crazy - males chasing females around for large mating chains while the female took them on a right merry-go-round. Plus we had mating octopus, w-tips and hawksbill turtles all around the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Pilot Whales right along the side of Sea Spirit. We had a group of four females with a very small baby in between them - the male was huge but stayed right alongside the females and baby. Wave after wave of fusiliers for the whole dive plus a pair of robust pipe fish, juv green turtle, crazy batfish, w-tips, honey-comb morays, huge shoals of blue-stripe snappers, 3 spot snappers, large groups of moorish idols, w-tips, pair of porcelain crabs, large shoal of sweet-lips and shoals of rainbow runners.
Day 2
Dive 1
The best way to describe this site is 'Fish Soup' ... plus a MANTA!.
Dive 2
We sat a watched a lovely display of up to 18 MANTAS CLEANING at one time. No chasing today, just the perfect manta ballet - all taking it in turns for the main spot on the cleaning station. Throughout the dive we had a pair of mating Octopus right on top of one of the coral blocks that form the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Wasn't to sure what to expect on this dive but we had a fab time with many sting-rays, nurse sharks going crazy and 3 LEMON SHARKS. Plus hundreds and hundreds of fusiliers and many reef fish.
Evening Activity
Wow what a sunset … !
Day 3
Dive 1
6 Eagle rays, large feather-tail ray, w-tips, juv grey reef shark, juv reindeer wrasse and anemone fish with their freshly laid eggs.
Ocean Crossing
A very smooth atoll crossing and we even had a pod of dolphins swim by!
Dive 2
Super dive - everyone loved it! The whole site is full of reef fish, w-tips, grey reef shark, 4 leaf fish, large tapestry shrimp, shoaling big eyes, dog-tooth tuna. Finishing the dive we drifted over the very pretty coral garden on the main reef.
Dive 3
All the guests were very happy to go back and do another dive back on Rasdhoo. The site is totally full of life with something for everyone - from macro to pelagic to just plain pretty!
Evening Activity
Another lovely sunset :)
Day 4
Dive 1
Early morning dive - we hung out in the blue for a while hoping for hammer-heads but no luck. So back to the reef were we had grey reef sharks, w-tips, a couple of eagle rays, huge dogtooth tuna, wave after wave of fusiliers and so many smaller reef fish. But for me, the best was right at the end having 3 black-tips reef sharks swim round us while hunting in the shallows.
Dive 2
The first half of the dive was an in-current then, half way into the dive, the current changed to an out-current taking us back to where we started our dive! But this was fine - we finished over the large coral blocks full of snappers and sweet-lips, so many w-tips all hanging out together, a marble ray, a feather-tail ray and an octopus.
Dive 3
This site is a classic that still delivers!! We had 7 juv grey sharks along with 3 large ones, many w-tips, little eagle ray, a pair of octopus, hawksbill turtle, batfish and giant trevally hunting.
Night Dive
Fab night dive with 2 sting rays following us for the whole dive. Interesting watching the giant trevally and w-tips following the morays around who seemed to be doing all the hard work finding the fish, scaring them out of hiding, then to have the other eat them. Extra Night Dive What a day to finish with mantas come feed at the back of the boat , so yes we sat at 8m and had a very cheeky male manta stay with us for over 60min and sometimes a large female would do a couple of loops.
Day 5
Dive 1
'Fish soup' sums it up really - along with three hawksbill turtles and two grey reef sharks. Super dive!!!
Dive 2
Strong in-current bringing with it many grey reef sharks - I counted 27 before I lost count!!! We also had three eagle rays and many w-tips, large shoal of fosters barracuda and big eye jacks and huge green turtles.
Dive 3
A MANTA swam right over the heads of the divers!!! Also saw w-tips, a pair of porcelain crabs, honey-comb moray and a large shoal of banner fish.
Evening Activity
Drinks on the sundeck while we watched the sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
A strong out-current meant we 'flew' along the reef - it was hard work stopping to watch the grey reef sharks (who also seemed to be having a hard time!), one large eagle ray, stunning bright pink anemone, porcelain crabs, w-tips hanging out on the corner, a cute juv green turtle and wave after wave of fusiliers being charged at by blue fin trevally.
Dive 2
David took the three guest going to a resort for a dive and the boys took the other guests who were flying home the next day for a snorkel. Currents were still running strong so diving the corner was the best plan - which worked great as we had MANTA up close and personal!! Also w-tips, coral blocks full of reef fish, green turtles, honey-comb morays and hawksbills.
Ocean Crossing
Pleasant crossing back to Male.
Daytime Excursion
Guests decided they didn't want to go to Male - so everyone just chilled on the boat and enjoy the last of the sunshine.
Evening Activity
We watched the trip DVD - followed by live music by Dave!
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Transfer all the guests to the airport ready for their flights back UK.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS514 9 Oct 2016 to 21 Oct 2016 Northern Atolls to Male (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Dharavandhoo Airport from a domestic flight from Male. Everyone was eager to go diving so once all the paperwork was filled in, everyone set up their dive equipment ready for the dive.
Dive 1
Fab start to the trip!!! Starting with a handful of MANTAS, then a drift further up the reef to find so many MANTAS all circling a large coral block. It really felt like we had gate-crashed a manta party!!!
Day 1
Dive 1
Silver-sides covered the north pinnacles, blue-fin charging around, 3 spearing mantis and a peacock mantis running around and octopus. But the best was having 3 MANTAS come in for a clean towards the end of the dive.
Dive 2
One word best describes this dive MANTASTIC!!! I lost count of how many MANTAS we had but it was full on for the whole dive everywhere you looked there were mantas even while doing our safety stops.
Dive 3
What a fab days diving with MANTAS on all three dives. We even had 3 bottle-nose DOLPHINS swim by while we were watching the mantas. Plus, we started the day with a rainbow and finished the day with another rainbow!
Day 2
Dive 1
The dive started slowly but built up throughout the dive with 6 MANTAS coming in to clean and swimming past us with some very close 'fly-bys'. Then, to end the dive, a mass of fusiliers - I've never seen so many on one dive before and it was amazing to watch!
Dive 2
Gentle drift along a very steep wall with rare bright pink hard coral. Another MANTA, eagle ray, sting ray, both w-tip and grey reef shark, pair of small nurse sharks on the reef top, both clouded moray and white-mouth moray, octopus and anemone fish along with a fresh patch of eggs.
Dive 3
Dropped down to a LARGE FEMALE MANTA being closely followed by another MANTA passing right underneath us. Wave after wave of fusiliers and surgeon fish, large shoals of bigeyes and yellow goat fish, another 4 MANTA 'fly-bys' and then to have one swim around us and stop to clean right in front of us!
Day 3
Dive 1
Amazing Visibility. This site is stunning with so much fish life and interesting pinnacles all covered in very healthy soft and hard coral , little eagle ray
Dive 2
Swift drift along a very interesting reef , huge shoals of blue-stripe snapper and hump-head snappers , yellow goat fish , sting ray , banner fish , eagle ray , very nosy hawksbill turtle.
Dive 3
Drift along the lovely reef with its overhangs full of stunning soft coral and layer after layer of fan corals , many green turtles , wave after wave of fusiliers , the reef top’ in very good condition with no coral bleaching at all and full of smaller reef fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
We thought we'd do something different for a change as since the visibility was good, so we decided to do a blue water dive with us all hanging out in the deep water drifting along just to see what would come to say 'hello'. We had a couple of silver-tip sharks, a few very active grey sharks come to 'buzz' us, a huge shoal of rainbow runners and a huge dog-tooth tuna.
Dive 2
Always a fab dive site with the whole of the thila top covered in glassfish and silver-sides, huge shoals of indian snappers and blue stripe snappers, A 3m nurse shark plus a smaller one, little silver-tip shark following 10 grey reef sharks around, eagle rays and a sting ray.
Dive 3
A strong current running right over the top of the thila - so we stayed most of the time over the side swimming along the ledges which were full of fish and whip coral, a large marble ray feeding, huge shoals of rainbow runners, amber jacks and the coral blocks on the top were full of fusiliers.
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went for a stroll around the local island to see the Kani tree.
Day 5
Dive 1
Fab dive with action from start to finish. 6 bottle-nose DOLPHINS greeted us as we drifted down to the site. We then had a giant guitar shark come swimming right underneath us this was all within the first couple of mins of the dive, we then had wave after wave of rainbow runners and amber jacks swirling around us, a huge shoal of batfish, a couple of grey reef sharks followed by a small female leopard shark and a large eagle ray. Then the DOLPHINS back again swimming below us while doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
A new site for us, so we weren't sure what to find - but its good to explore. Couple of guests had a leopard shark swim around them, huge shoals of both rainbow runners and amber jacks kept swirling around us, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks, batfish, 3 mobula, eagle ray and so many stripe-leg lobsters all over the top of the thila with many walking around.
Dive 3
A pair of leopard sharks, a large guitar shark being chased around by 3 smaller males, grey sharks up close and personal, eagle rays and not forgetting all the huge shoals of fusiliers and big eye jacks, the hawksbill turtle, a MANTA 'fly-by', many octopus, peacock mantis - the list just goes on and on!
Day 6
Dive 1
Another fab dive with shark action as soon as we reached the reef! The poor grey sharks were getting harassed by the rainbow runners, bigeye jacks and leopard sharks swimming around. We saw 3 flying gurnards - I can't remember the last time is saw a flying gurnard, so to have three was quiet special. We saw mating octopus and throughout the dive we had wave after wave of fusiliers.
Dive 2
This site is different each time you dive it and the atmosphere changes throughout the day - everything is still there from the earlier dives, but behaving differently. The only difference this time was that we had 3 leopard sharks.
Dive 3
Couple of grey reef shark at the start of the dive and 3 eagle rays, giant sweetlips, a huge shoal of blue fin trevally and rainbow runners charging about and for the whole dive. Loads of green turtles and DOLPHINS kept showing up! But for me, the best was in the shallows at 6m when we watched a wave of convict tangs spawning which sent all the pelagic fish into a feeding frenzy - amazing to watch!
Night Dive
Very small geometrica chromodoris, quiet a few different moon shells out crawling about, stunning cuthana kanga, a couple of phidiana militaris, funny flathead, three bump-head parrot fish and a large napoleon resting in the wreck, so many clear cleaner shrimps and lion fish using our lights to hunt.
Day 7
Dive 1
A pair of robust pipe fish, 2 eagle rays, mobula, grey reef sharks, batfish, 12 green turtles and a couple of hawksbills, mating octopus, leaf fish, long-nose hawkfish and loads of reef fish on the reef top.
Dive 2
2 MANTAS, a huge shoal of hump-head snapper, yellow goat fish and blue stripe snappers. Wave after wave of fusiliers. Napoleons, a huge marble stingray feeding, many honeycomb morays and anemone fish with eggs.
Dive 3
A very relaxing and pretty dive - everyone loved it.
Day 8
Dive 1
This dive has a deep drop-off - always with eagle rays hanging out in the reef cut-out. A large shoal of circular batfish, green turtles, shoals of bigeye jacks and rainbow runners, both grey reef sharks and whitetips, marble ray, feather-tail ray, 3 jenkins rays and 1 whiptail ray and a giant sweet-lips.
Dive 2
The whole water column was full of fusiliers!! 4 eagle rays swam around us, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks and surgeon fish, grey reef sharks and w-tips. The overhang was full with layer after layer of fan corals, a very friendly hawksbill, large porcupine puffer being cleaned batfish, large shoals of sweet-lips and blue stripe snappers.
Dive 3
Gentle drift along a steep reef with swim-throughs all full of small reef fish and bunches of soft coral. Many whip coral shrimps, sea urchins crawling along the sand, 100s of banners fish and some lovely baby pink anemones.
Day 9
Dive 1
Black-tip shark, silver-tip shark, grey reef and w-tips, eagle ray, pair of porcelain crabs, huge shoal of batfish, a HUGE tuna (it made me look small!), lovely big shoals of reef fish and all the time wave after wave of fusiliers.
Dive 2
6 mobula, 3 eagle rays, 3 MANTAS, w-tips, a huge shoal of red-tail butterfly fish and sweet-lips, 100s of hump head snappers and blue stripe snappers, green turtles and really stunning anemones all full of anemone fish and some honeycomb morays.
Dive 3
A GREAT HAMMERHEAD came swimming right over our heads, a porcupine ray feeding in the sand and being closely followed by amber jacks, some green turtles, white-tips, eagle rays, porcelain crabs and some lovely dark orange anemones. We finished the dive with a drift into the channel and all the time to a chorus of dolphins!
Day 10
Dive 1
FANTASTIC!!!! 16+ MANTAS FOR THE WHOLE DIVE!!!
Dive 2
OMG - THIS DIVE WAS AMAZING!!! MANTAS GOING CRAZY - CLEANING AND FORMING MATING CHAINS OF 13 MALES ALL CLOSELY FOLLOWING A LARGE FEMALE!! She took them on a right merry-go-round using us divers as a test - swimming rather fast towards us and then just missing our heads to see which males would follow. And all the time we had at least 10 MANTAS CLEANING while this was going on - a totally mind blowing dive!
Dive 3
As if the day couldn't get any better, we topped it off with guitar sharks, jenkins rays (all doing a mating dance all around us), 100s of banners fish, so many different morays with some holes having 6 different ones all chilling together, blue box fish, stars and stripe puffer.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip, so it had to be done with another manta fix! And what a dive! 17 MANTAS CLEANING AT ONE TIME - some within inches of our heads while other mantas did 'fly-bys'. We've had an amazing 12 days diving - 33 dives and 13 of them with mantas. 8 of the manta dives lasted over an hour and with double figure mantas action!
Daytime Excursion
Due to bad weather we decided not to go into Male for shopping so guests sorted through photos and enjoyed some chill time.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer for all the guests this morning ready for their flight back to the UK.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Dharavandhoo Airport from a domestic flight from Male. Everyone was eager to go diving so once all the paperwork was filled in, everyone set up their dive equipment ready for the dive.
Dive 1
Fab start to the trip!!! Starting with a handful of MANTAS, then a drift further up the reef to find so many MANTAS all circling a large coral block. It really felt like we had gate-crashed a manta party!!!
Day 1
Dive 1
Silver-sides covered the north pinnacles, blue-fin charging around, 3 spearing mantis and a peacock mantis running around and octopus. But the best was having 3 MANTAS come in for a clean towards the end of the dive.
Dive 2
One word best describes this dive MANTASTIC!!! I lost count of how many MANTAS we had but it was full on for the whole dive everywhere you looked there were mantas even while doing our safety stops.
Dive 3
What a fab days diving with MANTAS on all three dives. We even had 3 bottle-nose DOLPHINS swim by while we were watching the mantas. Plus, we started the day with a rainbow and finished the day with another rainbow!
Day 2
Dive 1
The dive started slowly but built up throughout the dive with 6 MANTAS coming in to clean and swimming past us with some very close 'fly-bys'. Then, to end the dive, a mass of fusiliers - I've never seen so many on one dive before and it was amazing to watch!
Dive 2
Gentle drift along a very steep wall with rare bright pink hard coral. Another MANTA, eagle ray, sting ray, both w-tip and grey reef shark, pair of small nurse sharks on the reef top, both clouded moray and white-mouth moray, octopus and anemone fish along with a fresh patch of eggs.
Dive 3
Dropped down to a LARGE FEMALE MANTA being closely followed by another MANTA passing right underneath us. Wave after wave of fusiliers and surgeon fish, large shoals of bigeyes and yellow goat fish, another 4 MANTA 'fly-bys' and then to have one swim around us and stop to clean right in front of us!
Day 3
Dive 1
Amazing Visibility. This site is stunning with so much fish life and interesting pinnacles all covered in very healthy soft and hard coral , little eagle ray
Dive 2
Swift drift along a very interesting reef , huge shoals of blue-stripe snapper and hump-head snappers , yellow goat fish , sting ray , banner fish , eagle ray , very nosy hawksbill turtle.
Dive 3
Drift along the lovely reef with its overhangs full of stunning soft coral and layer after layer of fan corals , many green turtles , wave after wave of fusiliers , the reef top’ in very good condition with no coral bleaching at all and full of smaller reef fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
We thought we'd do something different for a change as since the visibility was good, so we decided to do a blue water dive with us all hanging out in the deep water drifting along just to see what would come to say 'hello'. We had a couple of silver-tip sharks, a few very active grey sharks come to 'buzz' us, a huge shoal of rainbow runners and a huge dog-tooth tuna.
Dive 2
Always a fab dive site with the whole of the thila top covered in glassfish and silver-sides, huge shoals of indian snappers and blue stripe snappers, A 3m nurse shark plus a smaller one, little silver-tip shark following 10 grey reef sharks around, eagle rays and a sting ray.
Dive 3
A strong current running right over the top of the thila - so we stayed most of the time over the side swimming along the ledges which were full of fish and whip coral, a large marble ray feeding, huge shoals of rainbow runners, amber jacks and the coral blocks on the top were full of fusiliers.
Evening Activity
A couple of the guests went for a stroll around the local island to see the Kani tree.
Day 5
Dive 1
Fab dive with action from start to finish. 6 bottle-nose DOLPHINS greeted us as we drifted down to the site. We then had a giant guitar shark come swimming right underneath us this was all within the first couple of mins of the dive, we then had wave after wave of rainbow runners and amber jacks swirling around us, a huge shoal of batfish, a couple of grey reef sharks followed by a small female leopard shark and a large eagle ray. Then the DOLPHINS back again swimming below us while doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
A new site for us, so we weren't sure what to find - but its good to explore. Couple of guests had a leopard shark swim around them, huge shoals of both rainbow runners and amber jacks kept swirling around us, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks, batfish, 3 mobula, eagle ray and so many stripe-leg lobsters all over the top of the thila with many walking around.
Dive 3
A pair of leopard sharks, a large guitar shark being chased around by 3 smaller males, grey sharks up close and personal, eagle rays and not forgetting all the huge shoals of fusiliers and big eye jacks, the hawksbill turtle, a MANTA 'fly-by', many octopus, peacock mantis - the list just goes on and on!
Day 6
Dive 1
Another fab dive with shark action as soon as we reached the reef! The poor grey sharks were getting harassed by the rainbow runners, bigeye jacks and leopard sharks swimming around. We saw 3 flying gurnards - I can't remember the last time is saw a flying gurnard, so to have three was quiet special. We saw mating octopus and throughout the dive we had wave after wave of fusiliers.
Dive 2
This site is different each time you dive it and the atmosphere changes throughout the day - everything is still there from the earlier dives, but behaving differently. The only difference this time was that we had 3 leopard sharks.
Dive 3
Couple of grey reef shark at the start of the dive and 3 eagle rays, giant sweetlips, a huge shoal of blue fin trevally and rainbow runners charging about and for the whole dive. Loads of green turtles and DOLPHINS kept showing up! But for me, the best was in the shallows at 6m when we watched a wave of convict tangs spawning which sent all the pelagic fish into a feeding frenzy - amazing to watch!
Night Dive
Very small geometrica chromodoris, quiet a few different moon shells out crawling about, stunning cuthana kanga, a couple of phidiana militaris, funny flathead, three bump-head parrot fish and a large napoleon resting in the wreck, so many clear cleaner shrimps and lion fish using our lights to hunt.
Day 7
Dive 1
A pair of robust pipe fish, 2 eagle rays, mobula, grey reef sharks, batfish, 12 green turtles and a couple of hawksbills, mating octopus, leaf fish, long-nose hawkfish and loads of reef fish on the reef top.
Dive 2
2 MANTAS, a huge shoal of hump-head snapper, yellow goat fish and blue stripe snappers. Wave after wave of fusiliers. Napoleons, a huge marble stingray feeding, many honeycomb morays and anemone fish with eggs.
Dive 3
A very relaxing and pretty dive - everyone loved it.
Day 8
Dive 1
This dive has a deep drop-off - always with eagle rays hanging out in the reef cut-out. A large shoal of circular batfish, green turtles, shoals of bigeye jacks and rainbow runners, both grey reef sharks and whitetips, marble ray, feather-tail ray, 3 jenkins rays and 1 whiptail ray and a giant sweet-lips.
Dive 2
The whole water column was full of fusiliers!! 4 eagle rays swam around us, a huge shoal of bigeye jacks and surgeon fish, grey reef sharks and w-tips. The overhang was full with layer after layer of fan corals, a very friendly hawksbill, large porcupine puffer being cleaned batfish, large shoals of sweet-lips and blue stripe snappers.
Dive 3
Gentle drift along a steep reef with swim-throughs all full of small reef fish and bunches of soft coral. Many whip coral shrimps, sea urchins crawling along the sand, 100s of banners fish and some lovely baby pink anemones.
Day 9
Dive 1
Black-tip shark, silver-tip shark, grey reef and w-tips, eagle ray, pair of porcelain crabs, huge shoal of batfish, a HUGE tuna (it made me look small!), lovely big shoals of reef fish and all the time wave after wave of fusiliers.
Dive 2
6 mobula, 3 eagle rays, 3 MANTAS, w-tips, a huge shoal of red-tail butterfly fish and sweet-lips, 100s of hump head snappers and blue stripe snappers, green turtles and really stunning anemones all full of anemone fish and some honeycomb morays.
Dive 3
A GREAT HAMMERHEAD came swimming right over our heads, a porcupine ray feeding in the sand and being closely followed by amber jacks, some green turtles, white-tips, eagle rays, porcelain crabs and some lovely dark orange anemones. We finished the dive with a drift into the channel and all the time to a chorus of dolphins!
Day 10
Dive 1
FANTASTIC!!!! 16+ MANTAS FOR THE WHOLE DIVE!!!
Dive 2
OMG - THIS DIVE WAS AMAZING!!! MANTAS GOING CRAZY - CLEANING AND FORMING MATING CHAINS OF 13 MALES ALL CLOSELY FOLLOWING A LARGE FEMALE!! She took them on a right merry-go-round using us divers as a test - swimming rather fast towards us and then just missing our heads to see which males would follow. And all the time we had at least 10 MANTAS CLEANING while this was going on - a totally mind blowing dive!
Dive 3
As if the day couldn't get any better, we topped it off with guitar sharks, jenkins rays (all doing a mating dance all around us), 100s of banners fish, so many different morays with some holes having 6 different ones all chilling together, blue box fish, stars and stripe puffer.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip, so it had to be done with another manta fix! And what a dive! 17 MANTAS CLEANING AT ONE TIME - some within inches of our heads while other mantas did 'fly-bys'. We've had an amazing 12 days diving - 33 dives and 13 of them with mantas. 8 of the manta dives lasted over an hour and with double figure mantas action!
Daytime Excursion
Due to bad weather we decided not to go into Male for shopping so guests sorted through photos and enjoyed some chill time.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer for all the guests this morning ready for their flight back to the UK.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS513 25 Sep 2016 to 7 Oct 2016 Male to Northern Atolls (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Two morning arrivals , once all the paperwork and been filled out back on SeaSpirit guest then set their dive equitment up ready for the check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
Buoyancy checks done all ok then off for a fab dive with guitar shark and so many sting rays with 3 different types and many different types of morays some sharing a whole , some of the honey-comb morays were huge !!! Plus 100s of banner fish , box fish, surgeon fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Wow totally mantastic we had 14 mantas together cleaning , I counted for large females and the rest been very active and playful males all showing of in front of the females was amazing to just stopped and watch , its was hard to have to leave at the end of he dive we even had mantas while doing out stops.
Dive 2
As the dive sites says it was just like been in a Aquarium with the corner been full of fish life and w-tips , 5 eagle rays , both hawksbill and green turtles, marble sting ray , dog-tooth tuna , constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 3
Strange out current with strengths picking up and dying down through-out the dive , couple of w-tips , eagle rays , large honey-comb moray , turtles , many dog-tooth tuna , large shoal of bat fish , Safety stop was interesting with up and down currents.
Day 2
Dive 1
Fairytale reef - wow what a current we flew along the reef with no chance to stop and take photo’s.
Ocean Crossing
Long Ocean crossing North to Lhaviyani Atoll
Dive 2
Was great getting back in the water after the long crossing and was quiet night been a late afternoon/dusk dive , the whole thila was covered in a layer of glass fish and silver-sides , blue-fin travelly charging around along with lion fish all hunting on the glass fish , 7 nurse sharks , small w-tip , juv hawksbill turtle , spent the last 10min enjoying the top with the carpet of anemone’s.
Day 3
Dive 1
Both Grey reef sharks & w-tips along the front of the channel , eagle rays , feather-tail rays , marble ray , whip-tail ray , 100s of big eye jack , chevron barracuda , amba jacks , huge napoleon , followed by a gentle drift along the inside wall to finish of the dive.
Dive 2
Out going current then changing to an incurrent half way through the dive taking us back to the start of the dive , so many reindeer wrasse , green turtles , large brown sweet-lips , honey-comb morays , large eagle ray , marble rays resting on the sand , w-tips , large shoal of red-tail butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Small out current and totally different dive this time , 6 eagle rays , couple of grey reef sharks , w-tips , many green turtles, pompano’s , big eye jacks , napoleons , saddle-back groupers , couple of pairs of blue tangs on the reef top which you don't see in other atolls , was lovely been able to hang out on the reef top just hanging out with all the fish , pod of dolphins swam past us on the reef top.
Night Dive
Couple of bump-head on the wreck , large saddle back grouper , couple of different Nudi’s and flatworms , hinge-back shrimps , strange sea cucumber , large cuttle fish , large group of black-jacks charging around using our torches to hunt.
Day 4
Dive 1
We really should call this turtle alley with so many turtles both Green and hawksbill’s , some of the female green turtle are huge!!!! , 3 eagle rays , 2 grey reefs hanging around along one of the overhangs , really peasant morning dive.
Dive 2
Med in-current so was able to hang out on the corner yo see if any sharks were about , we did have a couple pass along with a large eagle ray , large shoal of big eye jacks , long nose emperor snapper and 2 napoleons hunting together , finished the dive hanging out with the yellow goat fish and hump-head snapper on top of the thila.
Dive 3
Very low viz but the whole top of the thila was covered in silver-sides with blue-fin travelly hunting them , wave after wave of neon fusiliers , many lion fish , little sting ray been cleaned , the best was having a very friendly hawksbill turtle hang out and swim around everyone on top of the thila along with hovering on his flipper tips allowing the cleaner wrasse to clean under-neath his shell very funny and cute to watch.
Day 5
Dive 1
Very green water making it to see the sharks but we did have some pretty close passes by a large female been closely followed by 4 smaller males , large eagle ray , large shoal of big eye jacks , fosters barracuda , 3 octopus ,peacock mantis shrimp running around and we even had a MANTA swim by.
Dive 2
Again low viz so was hard to see anything just of the reef , we had constant wave of yellow-back fusiliers for the whole dive , large shoals of surgeon fish , grey reef , rainbow runners , many large clams on the reef top.Peacock mantis , juv sweet-lips , whip coral shrimp , couple of different morays , Susanna flatworm.
Dive 3
Couple of large grey reef sharks and was nice seen the female grey still using the large overhang to rest, Large silver-tips shark and a couple of smaller ones , Amba jacks , large shoal of indian snappers , bat fish.
Evening Activity
Evening walk about to see the Kani Tree on Maroshi Island finishing with a stunning sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
3 very fat female grey sharks , w-tips , large shoal of big eye jack and Amba jacks , 2 silver-tip sharks , 6 thread-fin jacks which you don't normally see that often , large shoal of rainbow runners , sting ray , funny bat fish ,painted lobsters.
Dive 2
2 Eagle rays , both grey and w-tips sharks , 6 green turtles , large shoal of rainbow-runners ,100s of mid-night snappers , large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Strong current so was a little hard work but was nice hanging out with the whole shoals of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goat fish , we had wave after wave of fusiliers throughout the dive and kept been surrounded by rainbow runners. Large crown jelly fish.
Evening Activity
Guest went for a walk around the little sand bank island.
Day 7
Dive 1
Smaller current so was able to spend a lot more time having a good look around plus the whole shoal of blue-stripe snappers and hump-head snappers allowed us to sit right in the middle of them , sting ray , 3 eagle rays , unknown goby , free-way of fusiliers , turtle ,
Dive 2
New Site (Anemone Thila ) very strong surge plus current wanting to push you of the thila as made it a very hard dive , shame as the whole top is covered in a layer of anemones.
Dive 3
Another strange current dive which changed direction half way into the dive , the overhangs are stunning all full of lovely burnt orange soft coral and with layers of basslets , so many fusiliers , huge shoal of mid-night snappers , coral blocks covered in reef fish. Stunning Sunset . Sky in all shades of pink.
Day 8
Dive 1
Always a pleasant site with a very pretty swim through and overhangs full of blue-stripe snappers , painted lobsters , rock covered in so many anemones fish , eagle ray , jacks charging the fusiliers sending a wall of fish right at us , large dog-tooth tuna , you could hear the dolphins on the dive but they just stayed out of our view. Amazing snorkel with over 30 Mantas feeding.
Dive 2
New site Hani North Cleaning Station. 12 Mantas cleaning , with 6 at one time this went on for the whole 75min dive.
Dive 3
Very relaxing dive multi-levelling along the overhangs and pinnacles.
Evening Activity
G&T’S on the Sundeck after a very busy but exciting day and best of all we get to do it all again tomorrow.
Day 9
Dive 1
Guest really enjoyed the swim through and investigating around the pinnacles which were full of fusiliers been charged at by the blue fin travelly , two smaller eagle rays , sting ray , rock covered in anemones and so many anemone fish , large shoals of blue-stripe snappers . We had a fab time after breakfast snorkelling with 30 plus Mantas for over 1 hour.
Dive 2
What more can i say MANTASITC !!!!
Dive 3
Shame the viz was so low because the pinnacles were covered in lovely soft coral and glass fish along with jacks charging around.
Day 10
Dive 1
Gentle drift in and out of the overhangs and along the thila , huge Dew fish , eagle ray , wave after wave of fusiliers , 30+ blue fin travelly swam round us , rainbow runners , huge shoal of surgeon fish and mid night snappers hanging out in the current at the end of the thila.
Dive 2
Mantas for the whole 70 min dive with 4 at one time cleaning together.
Dive 3
Always enjoy diving this site with so much to see from pelagic to critters , overhangs and pinnacles its one of those dives that as something for everyone.
Night Dive
Wow fab dive really didn't want to come up we found so real cool stuff , squid , octopus , spearing Mantis with one having a go at me camera , Cute little golden mouth moray along with many other types of morays , 3 different types of reef crabs the list just goes on and on.
Day 11
Dive 1
Manta as soon as we reached the thila and with another 4 fly byes while crossing to the main thila then to have another 2 swim over our heads then 3 cleaning at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Last dive of the trip , 2 Guitar Sharks , huge saddle back grouper , blue charging the mass of silver-sides , many anemones and anemone fish , large scorpion fish , long-nose hawk fish , 100s of banner fish , wave after wave of fusiliers in the top of the thila and while doing our safety stops.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon relaxing and packing followed by a walk around the local island Dharavandhoo.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guest transfer to the local island airport for there domestic flight back to North Male.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Two morning arrivals , once all the paperwork and been filled out back on SeaSpirit guest then set their dive equitment up ready for the check dive after lunch.
Dive 1
Buoyancy checks done all ok then off for a fab dive with guitar shark and so many sting rays with 3 different types and many different types of morays some sharing a whole , some of the honey-comb morays were huge !!! Plus 100s of banner fish , box fish, surgeon fish.
Day 1
Dive 1
Wow totally mantastic we had 14 mantas together cleaning , I counted for large females and the rest been very active and playful males all showing of in front of the females was amazing to just stopped and watch , its was hard to have to leave at the end of he dive we even had mantas while doing out stops.
Dive 2
As the dive sites says it was just like been in a Aquarium with the corner been full of fish life and w-tips , 5 eagle rays , both hawksbill and green turtles, marble sting ray , dog-tooth tuna , constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 3
Strange out current with strengths picking up and dying down through-out the dive , couple of w-tips , eagle rays , large honey-comb moray , turtles , many dog-tooth tuna , large shoal of bat fish , Safety stop was interesting with up and down currents.
Day 2
Dive 1
Fairytale reef - wow what a current we flew along the reef with no chance to stop and take photo’s.
Ocean Crossing
Long Ocean crossing North to Lhaviyani Atoll
Dive 2
Was great getting back in the water after the long crossing and was quiet night been a late afternoon/dusk dive , the whole thila was covered in a layer of glass fish and silver-sides , blue-fin travelly charging around along with lion fish all hunting on the glass fish , 7 nurse sharks , small w-tip , juv hawksbill turtle , spent the last 10min enjoying the top with the carpet of anemone’s.
Day 3
Dive 1
Both Grey reef sharks & w-tips along the front of the channel , eagle rays , feather-tail rays , marble ray , whip-tail ray , 100s of big eye jack , chevron barracuda , amba jacks , huge napoleon , followed by a gentle drift along the inside wall to finish of the dive.
Dive 2
Out going current then changing to an incurrent half way through the dive taking us back to the start of the dive , so many reindeer wrasse , green turtles , large brown sweet-lips , honey-comb morays , large eagle ray , marble rays resting on the sand , w-tips , large shoal of red-tail butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Small out current and totally different dive this time , 6 eagle rays , couple of grey reef sharks , w-tips , many green turtles, pompano’s , big eye jacks , napoleons , saddle-back groupers , couple of pairs of blue tangs on the reef top which you don't see in other atolls , was lovely been able to hang out on the reef top just hanging out with all the fish , pod of dolphins swam past us on the reef top.
Night Dive
Couple of bump-head on the wreck , large saddle back grouper , couple of different Nudi’s and flatworms , hinge-back shrimps , strange sea cucumber , large cuttle fish , large group of black-jacks charging around using our torches to hunt.
Day 4
Dive 1
We really should call this turtle alley with so many turtles both Green and hawksbill’s , some of the female green turtle are huge!!!! , 3 eagle rays , 2 grey reefs hanging around along one of the overhangs , really peasant morning dive.
Dive 2
Med in-current so was able to hang out on the corner yo see if any sharks were about , we did have a couple pass along with a large eagle ray , large shoal of big eye jacks , long nose emperor snapper and 2 napoleons hunting together , finished the dive hanging out with the yellow goat fish and hump-head snapper on top of the thila.
Dive 3
Very low viz but the whole top of the thila was covered in silver-sides with blue-fin travelly hunting them , wave after wave of neon fusiliers , many lion fish , little sting ray been cleaned , the best was having a very friendly hawksbill turtle hang out and swim around everyone on top of the thila along with hovering on his flipper tips allowing the cleaner wrasse to clean under-neath his shell very funny and cute to watch.
Day 5
Dive 1
Very green water making it to see the sharks but we did have some pretty close passes by a large female been closely followed by 4 smaller males , large eagle ray , large shoal of big eye jacks , fosters barracuda , 3 octopus ,peacock mantis shrimp running around and we even had a MANTA swim by.
Dive 2
Again low viz so was hard to see anything just of the reef , we had constant wave of yellow-back fusiliers for the whole dive , large shoals of surgeon fish , grey reef , rainbow runners , many large clams on the reef top.Peacock mantis , juv sweet-lips , whip coral shrimp , couple of different morays , Susanna flatworm.
Dive 3
Couple of large grey reef sharks and was nice seen the female grey still using the large overhang to rest, Large silver-tips shark and a couple of smaller ones , Amba jacks , large shoal of indian snappers , bat fish.
Evening Activity
Evening walk about to see the Kani Tree on Maroshi Island finishing with a stunning sunset.
Day 6
Dive 1
3 very fat female grey sharks , w-tips , large shoal of big eye jack and Amba jacks , 2 silver-tip sharks , 6 thread-fin jacks which you don't normally see that often , large shoal of rainbow runners , sting ray , funny bat fish ,painted lobsters.
Dive 2
2 Eagle rays , both grey and w-tips sharks , 6 green turtles , large shoal of rainbow-runners ,100s of mid-night snappers , large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Strong current so was a little hard work but was nice hanging out with the whole shoals of blue-stripe snappers and yellow goat fish , we had wave after wave of fusiliers throughout the dive and kept been surrounded by rainbow runners. Large crown jelly fish.
Evening Activity
Guest went for a walk around the little sand bank island.
Day 7
Dive 1
Smaller current so was able to spend a lot more time having a good look around plus the whole shoal of blue-stripe snappers and hump-head snappers allowed us to sit right in the middle of them , sting ray , 3 eagle rays , unknown goby , free-way of fusiliers , turtle ,
Dive 2
New Site (Anemone Thila ) very strong surge plus current wanting to push you of the thila as made it a very hard dive , shame as the whole top is covered in a layer of anemones.
Dive 3
Another strange current dive which changed direction half way into the dive , the overhangs are stunning all full of lovely burnt orange soft coral and with layers of basslets , so many fusiliers , huge shoal of mid-night snappers , coral blocks covered in reef fish. Stunning Sunset . Sky in all shades of pink.
Day 8
Dive 1
Always a pleasant site with a very pretty swim through and overhangs full of blue-stripe snappers , painted lobsters , rock covered in so many anemones fish , eagle ray , jacks charging the fusiliers sending a wall of fish right at us , large dog-tooth tuna , you could hear the dolphins on the dive but they just stayed out of our view. Amazing snorkel with over 30 Mantas feeding.
Dive 2
New site Hani North Cleaning Station. 12 Mantas cleaning , with 6 at one time this went on for the whole 75min dive.
Dive 3
Very relaxing dive multi-levelling along the overhangs and pinnacles.
Evening Activity
G&T’S on the Sundeck after a very busy but exciting day and best of all we get to do it all again tomorrow.
Day 9
Dive 1
Guest really enjoyed the swim through and investigating around the pinnacles which were full of fusiliers been charged at by the blue fin travelly , two smaller eagle rays , sting ray , rock covered in anemones and so many anemone fish , large shoals of blue-stripe snappers . We had a fab time after breakfast snorkelling with 30 plus Mantas for over 1 hour.
Dive 2
What more can i say MANTASITC !!!!
Dive 3
Shame the viz was so low because the pinnacles were covered in lovely soft coral and glass fish along with jacks charging around.
Day 10
Dive 1
Gentle drift in and out of the overhangs and along the thila , huge Dew fish , eagle ray , wave after wave of fusiliers , 30+ blue fin travelly swam round us , rainbow runners , huge shoal of surgeon fish and mid night snappers hanging out in the current at the end of the thila.
Dive 2
Mantas for the whole 70 min dive with 4 at one time cleaning together.
Dive 3
Always enjoy diving this site with so much to see from pelagic to critters , overhangs and pinnacles its one of those dives that as something for everyone.
Night Dive
Wow fab dive really didn't want to come up we found so real cool stuff , squid , octopus , spearing Mantis with one having a go at me camera , Cute little golden mouth moray along with many other types of morays , 3 different types of reef crabs the list just goes on and on.
Day 11
Dive 1
Manta as soon as we reached the thila and with another 4 fly byes while crossing to the main thila then to have another 2 swim over our heads then 3 cleaning at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Last dive of the trip , 2 Guitar Sharks , huge saddle back grouper , blue charging the mass of silver-sides , many anemones and anemone fish , large scorpion fish , long-nose hawk fish , 100s of banner fish , wave after wave of fusiliers in the top of the thila and while doing our safety stops.
Daytime Excursion
Afternoon relaxing and packing followed by a walk around the local island Dharavandhoo.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Guest transfer to the local island airport for there domestic flight back to North Male.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS510 21 Aug 2016 to 2 Sep 2016 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Late morning airport Meet & Greet then transfer the guests back to Sea Spirit, followed by a late afternoon Meet & Greet.
Day 1
Dive 1
Fab way to start the trip and with very little current. So many Jenkins sting rays swimming all around us even high in the water column , its crazy to see so many different types of morays all happily sharing the same hole and with some really huge Honey-comb morays , I really enjoyed seen the little clouded morays and the white eye morays which for some reason you don't see them commonly around. Leopard Snake eel , Huge Napoleon , 100s of Banner fish , Pompano’s , Surgeon fish , box fish the list just goes on and on.
Dive 2
We were lucky with having 1 female mantas swim right over our heads , so many hawksbills I counted 5 plus 2 green turtles we even had two hawksbills having a little disagreement which was funny to watch , w-tip reef sharks , large shoal of Mid-night snappers and through-out the dive we have a free-way of fusiliers. After the dive we made our way to a comfortable anchor spot while we sat out a storm which stopped us doing a third dive.
Day 2
Dive 1
Huge shoal of Bump-head parrot fish made a pass by along the top of the reef , 2 Mobula , w-tips resting along the sand and some swimming up and down the reef , the corner was fish soup with so much life was fab just hanging out with them. Both adult and Juv green turtles.
Dive 2
1 Manta Fly by shame she had right her wing tip missing , 6 mobula , both hawks-bill & green turtle , super shoal of bat fish all hanging out in the blue , couple of w-tips , Huge shoals of blue stripe snapper & sweet-lips.Spearing mantis.
Dive 3
Gentle drift dive along a very healthy reef , the corner was so busy with so many juv red-tooth trigger , leaf fish , 4 x pairs of porcelain crabs , many honey-comb morays , fun hawksbill turtle , napoleon , w-tips cruising along at depth , free-way of fusiliers , both tuna and giant travelly charging the fish.
Night Dive
Critter tastic , very pleasant night dive.
Day 3
Dive 1
Couple of large female grey reef sharks and 3 or 4 w-tips all hanging out in the current point , large shoal of chevron barracuda ,large green turtle , large shoal of big eye jacks , couple of eagle rays
Dive 2
6 eagle rays , 9 grey reef sharks , huge dog-tooth tuna , large shoal of big eye jacks , coral blocks full of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish , napoleons , both green and hawksbill turtle.
Dive 3
Always a nice critter dive with both Juv and adult ribbon eels , leaf fish , spearing mantis , honey comb morays , so many different types of cleaner shrimps , flatworms , plus the bonus of a sleeping nurse shark under the coral block on the top of the reef.
Night Dive
Fab action packed night dive with Giant travelly going crazy after the silver-sides , both Jenkins sting rays and marble sting rays swimming all around us plus all the nurse sharks we even had a couple of black tips show up.
Day 4
Dive 1
Shame current was running out but we still had both grey sharks and w-tips along the North corner , stopped to watch a w-tips hanging with its mouth open been cleaned , large marble ray , 100s of big eyes and a large shoal of scad.
Dive 2
Another out-current but turned out to be a very pleasant dive with plenty to keep everyone busy with there cameras.
Dive 3
Black coral bushes full of clear shrimps and long-nose hawk fish , so many anemones some been glowing bright pink , both he coral blocks at both ends were full of glass fish and some lovely bright yellow feather stars.
Evening Activity
Guest went for a walk about around Dhangethi Island , lovely to be able to sit out-side for dinner after to much rain each night.
Day 5
Dive 1
Perfect out current for mantas but no luck,
Dive 2
Great visibility at the start of the dive with a medium in-current bringing with it so my pelagic action and a couple of w-tips , sting ray been cleaned , 3 eagle rays , interesting pinnacles full of reef fish , large hawksbill turtle. Was fab having the bat fish to hang out with while doing our stops and so many of them.
Dive 3
Was hoping to bump into a Whale shark but no luck but we did have plenty of w-tips and eagle rays , large shoal of rabbit fish , found a strange little star fish i haven't seem before , lots of hawksbill turtles , huge napoleon and i mean huge !!!!
Evening Activity
Guests went for a walk around the Island while myself and Alison went for a run.
Day 6
Dive 1
Love this site always plenty of w-tips always resting on the sand , large silver-tip shark , black-tips , both feather-tail and marble sting ray , huge shoal of big eye’s and blue stripe snappers , mobula , turtles , free-way of fusiliers through-out the dive.
Dive 2
Snorkel with a small Whale Shark before the dive followed by a very relaxing drift dive , large eagle ray , w-tips , turtles , napoleons , very healthy hard coral and lots of anemones full of anemone fish , layer after layer of basslets
Dive 3
Wow what a lovely dive it's a photography dream , such a pretty dive site with pinnacle’s full soft coral’s and layer after layer of fan coral’s , walls of blue stripe snappers , Jacks charging the fusiliers , bat fish , pink anemone city with so many anemone fish ,
Day 7
Dive 1
Can you believe it we sat for 45 min then 3 Mantas swam overhead feeding at the surface then a large female swam right over our heads to the cleaning station giving us a fab show , she even made a pass over each divers head meaning we all needed up doing a 90min dive but well worth the wait.
Dive 2
Wow wow wow , fish soup we dropped down the a wall of fusiliers they were that thick you could not even see the thila ,100s of banner fish , Guitar shark resting on the sand , 3 very friendly hawksbill turtles , Couple of grey sharks swimming around but the larger female kept close to the thila making very close passes within 1m away , so many bat fish and the whole top was covered in a layer of blue-stripe snappers .
Dive 3
We sat for most of the dive on top of thila in the current point watching the grey shark and eagle rays and w-tips cruise back and fourth.
Night Dive
Well, we started the day with Mantas and finished the day with Mantas having Lisa and another large female Manta out on a fab show doing loop the loops and inch close passes over our heads , was hard to end the dive and leave them…. What a way to finish a perfect day.
Day 8
Dive 1
9 Juv grey sharks been closely followed by 2 large female sharks , very small eagle ray , sting ray been cleaned , pair of octopus , turtles , large shoal of fosters barracuda , huge shoal of bat fish , giant travelly charging about , 100s of banner fish , w-tips.
Dive 2
Love this site so much to see was nice having the chevron barracuda back , 100s and 100s of big eye jacks , lots of grey shark all over the reef , 4 eagle rays , 2 peacock mantis shrimps, leaf fish , the whole ridge was covered in juv red-tooth trigger fish and basslet fish.
Dive 3
The deep spur was full of red snappers and big eye jacks , large grey shark and a couple of w-tips , large shoal of bat fish , many different types of moray , lovely burnt orange anemones , far to many crown of thrones all along the reef , I've taken some pictures to pass onto the EPA here in Male.
Day 9
Dive 1
Swift drift dive, large whip-tail ray and a smaller marble ray , many w-tips , fly by manta at the surface , really pretty overhangs and ledges.So many pink anemones.
Dive 2
8 Eagle rays hanging out in the current , small grey reef shark and a couple of w-tips , wall of fusiliers all the way from the surface to the thila , giant travelly and dog-tooth tuna charging the fusiliers , 100s of bluestripe snappers and surgeon fish,hawksbill , napoleon , large shoals of sweet-lips and red-tail butter fly fish. Was lovely having a Manta come into clean on-top of the thila at the end of our dive ,
Dive 3
Gentle drift along a very pretty reef all covered in bunches of pink & peach soft coral , lovely swim through and ledges , juv flounder and razor fish , 100s of banner fish along in the shallow , whip coral shrimps , many lion fish and morays , large crown jelly fish , many baby pink anemones.
Day 10
Dive 1
Super dive with large shoals of bump-head parrot fish through-out the dive I've never seen so many on a dive here before , couple of black-tips sharks , so many smaller reef fish , huge shoal of bat fish , pair of porcelain crabs , w-tips , eagle rays ,free-way of fusiliers ,
Dive 2
Mantastic we had 2 male mantas at the start of the dive then to be joined by a large female right at the end of the dive when the three left another larger male came in for a clean , I also had 3 male mantas feeding allowing me to snorkel with them while I waited for the guest to finish their dive.
Dive 3
Fun drift dive with eagle rays , w-tips , free-way of yellow-back fusiliers and neon fusiliers , huge dog-tooth tuna chasing the fusiliers , large shoals of sweet-lips , interesting ledges and pinnacles on the inside reef.
Day 11
Dive 1
This sites always as pleasure to dive even been so close to Male its full of reef life and as the most amazing soft coral coverage all over the thila plus having a layer of basslets making the whole site look orange at times.
Dive 2
Another great north male dive site in fact we have had the most amazing dives this trip here in north male due to bad weather stopping us move around as we wanted. The overhangs here are full of lovely blue soft coral and layers of reef fish , another eagle ray which means we have had eagle rays every day this trip , two lovely green turtles , dinner plate size sting ray.
Dive 3
Many sting rays and 2 Guitar sharks , so many banner fish and surgeon fish , every rock or rubble had a moray some having 5 or 6 some of the honey-comb morays are huge , large stone fish , juv sweet-lips , box fish , napoleons , I counted 6 different types of moray and also the leopard eels. Was a fab last dive to end the trip on !!!!
Evening Activity
Evening was fun with Dave singing and playing along with some of the guests as backing singers and evening entertainment… real brill funny night.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
I took three guests to the airport ready for their flights home or onward transfer to their resort island. Later transfer for the remaining guests after breakfast.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Late morning airport Meet & Greet then transfer the guests back to Sea Spirit, followed by a late afternoon Meet & Greet.
Day 1
Dive 1
Fab way to start the trip and with very little current. So many Jenkins sting rays swimming all around us even high in the water column , its crazy to see so many different types of morays all happily sharing the same hole and with some really huge Honey-comb morays , I really enjoyed seen the little clouded morays and the white eye morays which for some reason you don't see them commonly around. Leopard Snake eel , Huge Napoleon , 100s of Banner fish , Pompano’s , Surgeon fish , box fish the list just goes on and on.
Dive 2
We were lucky with having 1 female mantas swim right over our heads , so many hawksbills I counted 5 plus 2 green turtles we even had two hawksbills having a little disagreement which was funny to watch , w-tip reef sharks , large shoal of Mid-night snappers and through-out the dive we have a free-way of fusiliers. After the dive we made our way to a comfortable anchor spot while we sat out a storm which stopped us doing a third dive.
Day 2
Dive 1
Huge shoal of Bump-head parrot fish made a pass by along the top of the reef , 2 Mobula , w-tips resting along the sand and some swimming up and down the reef , the corner was fish soup with so much life was fab just hanging out with them. Both adult and Juv green turtles.
Dive 2
1 Manta Fly by shame she had right her wing tip missing , 6 mobula , both hawks-bill & green turtle , super shoal of bat fish all hanging out in the blue , couple of w-tips , Huge shoals of blue stripe snapper & sweet-lips.Spearing mantis.
Dive 3
Gentle drift dive along a very healthy reef , the corner was so busy with so many juv red-tooth trigger , leaf fish , 4 x pairs of porcelain crabs , many honey-comb morays , fun hawksbill turtle , napoleon , w-tips cruising along at depth , free-way of fusiliers , both tuna and giant travelly charging the fish.
Night Dive
Critter tastic , very pleasant night dive.
Day 3
Dive 1
Couple of large female grey reef sharks and 3 or 4 w-tips all hanging out in the current point , large shoal of chevron barracuda ,large green turtle , large shoal of big eye jacks , couple of eagle rays
Dive 2
6 eagle rays , 9 grey reef sharks , huge dog-tooth tuna , large shoal of big eye jacks , coral blocks full of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish , napoleons , both green and hawksbill turtle.
Dive 3
Always a nice critter dive with both Juv and adult ribbon eels , leaf fish , spearing mantis , honey comb morays , so many different types of cleaner shrimps , flatworms , plus the bonus of a sleeping nurse shark under the coral block on the top of the reef.
Night Dive
Fab action packed night dive with Giant travelly going crazy after the silver-sides , both Jenkins sting rays and marble sting rays swimming all around us plus all the nurse sharks we even had a couple of black tips show up.
Day 4
Dive 1
Shame current was running out but we still had both grey sharks and w-tips along the North corner , stopped to watch a w-tips hanging with its mouth open been cleaned , large marble ray , 100s of big eyes and a large shoal of scad.
Dive 2
Another out-current but turned out to be a very pleasant dive with plenty to keep everyone busy with there cameras.
Dive 3
Black coral bushes full of clear shrimps and long-nose hawk fish , so many anemones some been glowing bright pink , both he coral blocks at both ends were full of glass fish and some lovely bright yellow feather stars.
Evening Activity
Guest went for a walk about around Dhangethi Island , lovely to be able to sit out-side for dinner after to much rain each night.
Day 5
Dive 1
Perfect out current for mantas but no luck,
Dive 2
Great visibility at the start of the dive with a medium in-current bringing with it so my pelagic action and a couple of w-tips , sting ray been cleaned , 3 eagle rays , interesting pinnacles full of reef fish , large hawksbill turtle. Was fab having the bat fish to hang out with while doing our stops and so many of them.
Dive 3
Was hoping to bump into a Whale shark but no luck but we did have plenty of w-tips and eagle rays , large shoal of rabbit fish , found a strange little star fish i haven't seem before , lots of hawksbill turtles , huge napoleon and i mean huge !!!!
Evening Activity
Guests went for a walk around the Island while myself and Alison went for a run.
Day 6
Dive 1
Love this site always plenty of w-tips always resting on the sand , large silver-tip shark , black-tips , both feather-tail and marble sting ray , huge shoal of big eye’s and blue stripe snappers , mobula , turtles , free-way of fusiliers through-out the dive.
Dive 2
Snorkel with a small Whale Shark before the dive followed by a very relaxing drift dive , large eagle ray , w-tips , turtles , napoleons , very healthy hard coral and lots of anemones full of anemone fish , layer after layer of basslets
Dive 3
Wow what a lovely dive it's a photography dream , such a pretty dive site with pinnacle’s full soft coral’s and layer after layer of fan coral’s , walls of blue stripe snappers , Jacks charging the fusiliers , bat fish , pink anemone city with so many anemone fish ,
Day 7
Dive 1
Can you believe it we sat for 45 min then 3 Mantas swam overhead feeding at the surface then a large female swam right over our heads to the cleaning station giving us a fab show , she even made a pass over each divers head meaning we all needed up doing a 90min dive but well worth the wait.
Dive 2
Wow wow wow , fish soup we dropped down the a wall of fusiliers they were that thick you could not even see the thila ,100s of banner fish , Guitar shark resting on the sand , 3 very friendly hawksbill turtles , Couple of grey sharks swimming around but the larger female kept close to the thila making very close passes within 1m away , so many bat fish and the whole top was covered in a layer of blue-stripe snappers .
Dive 3
We sat for most of the dive on top of thila in the current point watching the grey shark and eagle rays and w-tips cruise back and fourth.
Night Dive
Well, we started the day with Mantas and finished the day with Mantas having Lisa and another large female Manta out on a fab show doing loop the loops and inch close passes over our heads , was hard to end the dive and leave them…. What a way to finish a perfect day.
Day 8
Dive 1
9 Juv grey sharks been closely followed by 2 large female sharks , very small eagle ray , sting ray been cleaned , pair of octopus , turtles , large shoal of fosters barracuda , huge shoal of bat fish , giant travelly charging about , 100s of banner fish , w-tips.
Dive 2
Love this site so much to see was nice having the chevron barracuda back , 100s and 100s of big eye jacks , lots of grey shark all over the reef , 4 eagle rays , 2 peacock mantis shrimps, leaf fish , the whole ridge was covered in juv red-tooth trigger fish and basslet fish.
Dive 3
The deep spur was full of red snappers and big eye jacks , large grey shark and a couple of w-tips , large shoal of bat fish , many different types of moray , lovely burnt orange anemones , far to many crown of thrones all along the reef , I've taken some pictures to pass onto the EPA here in Male.
Day 9
Dive 1
Swift drift dive, large whip-tail ray and a smaller marble ray , many w-tips , fly by manta at the surface , really pretty overhangs and ledges.So many pink anemones.
Dive 2
8 Eagle rays hanging out in the current , small grey reef shark and a couple of w-tips , wall of fusiliers all the way from the surface to the thila , giant travelly and dog-tooth tuna charging the fusiliers , 100s of bluestripe snappers and surgeon fish,hawksbill , napoleon , large shoals of sweet-lips and red-tail butter fly fish. Was lovely having a Manta come into clean on-top of the thila at the end of our dive ,
Dive 3
Gentle drift along a very pretty reef all covered in bunches of pink & peach soft coral , lovely swim through and ledges , juv flounder and razor fish , 100s of banner fish along in the shallow , whip coral shrimps , many lion fish and morays , large crown jelly fish , many baby pink anemones.
Day 10
Dive 1
Super dive with large shoals of bump-head parrot fish through-out the dive I've never seen so many on a dive here before , couple of black-tips sharks , so many smaller reef fish , huge shoal of bat fish , pair of porcelain crabs , w-tips , eagle rays ,free-way of fusiliers ,
Dive 2
Mantastic we had 2 male mantas at the start of the dive then to be joined by a large female right at the end of the dive when the three left another larger male came in for a clean , I also had 3 male mantas feeding allowing me to snorkel with them while I waited for the guest to finish their dive.
Dive 3
Fun drift dive with eagle rays , w-tips , free-way of yellow-back fusiliers and neon fusiliers , huge dog-tooth tuna chasing the fusiliers , large shoals of sweet-lips , interesting ledges and pinnacles on the inside reef.
Day 11
Dive 1
This sites always as pleasure to dive even been so close to Male its full of reef life and as the most amazing soft coral coverage all over the thila plus having a layer of basslets making the whole site look orange at times.
Dive 2
Another great north male dive site in fact we have had the most amazing dives this trip here in north male due to bad weather stopping us move around as we wanted. The overhangs here are full of lovely blue soft coral and layers of reef fish , another eagle ray which means we have had eagle rays every day this trip , two lovely green turtles , dinner plate size sting ray.
Dive 3
Many sting rays and 2 Guitar sharks , so many banner fish and surgeon fish , every rock or rubble had a moray some having 5 or 6 some of the honey-comb morays are huge , large stone fish , juv sweet-lips , box fish , napoleons , I counted 6 different types of moray and also the leopard eels. Was a fab last dive to end the trip on !!!!
Evening Activity
Evening was fun with Dave singing and playing along with some of the guests as backing singers and evening entertainment… real brill funny night.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
I took three guests to the airport ready for their flights home or onward transfer to their resort island. Later transfer for the remaining guests after breakfast.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS506 22 May 2016 to 29 May 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
We had 2 arrival times today. I got the first arrivals to set up their dive equipment while we were waiting for the later ones. Once everyone had set up their dive gear we met up with Sea Spirit so they could settle in while we travelled to the first dive site.
Dive 1
FAB START TO THE TRIP WITH 16+ STING RAYS ALL SWIMMING AROUND US. Every rock you looked at you’d find loads of morays and in one rock there were 5 different types of morays - Honeycomb , golden fleck , peppered moray , white eye moray and the undulated moray. Many strange blue box fish, napoleons (some being quiet big) , huge shoal of banner fish and surgeon fish. Transit to a good anchor spot as we are still having some strong winds.
Day 1
Dive 1
A lovely dive with w-tip reef sharks through-out the dive , sting ray , couple of hawksbills , porcelain crabs , large shoals of blue-stripe snappers and hump-head snappers , constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Low viz, being an out-current, but WOW so much life!!! A couple of grey reef sharks and w-tips , eagle rays , feather-tail ray , large dog-tooth tuna , 100s of big eye jacks , mid-night snappers , golden fleck moray being cleaned by a pair of cleaner shrimps , 100s of pyramid butter-fly fish , huge shoal of bat fish , zillions of fusiliers been charged at by the giant travelly and blue-fin travelly.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive due to the long transit from Male but in some ways it made the dive more interesting with the sun low in sky , both juv and adult grey reefs along with many w-tips , bat fish following us round , 3 hawksbill turtles , 2 octopus , mini dice size yellow box fish , mantis shrimp , large shoal of banner fish , amba jacks , big eye jacks , black coral bushes full of small glass fish.
Night Dive
A LATE ARRIVAL FROM A VERY FRIENDLY MANTA ... so we woke the guests up and had a fab 70 mins sitting under the boat watching her doing loop the loops and very close 'flybys' right over our heads.
Day 2
Dive 1
WOW WHAT A DIVE ... the whole site was covered in a layer of blue stripe snappers and giant travelly and blue fin kept charging the fusiliers sending walls of fish right at us , was fun hanging on the top watching the grey sharks come closer and closer , frog fish , hawksbill turtle , bat fish ,large shoal of banner fish.
Dive 2
It was lovely being able just to enjoy a very healthy reef with no signs of bleaching and plenty of fish life and purple sponges everywhere.
Dive 3
YAY ... 4 DIFFERENT MANTAS!! The first being a small male coming in for a quick clean followed by a large female with a male close on her tail swam right over us but the best was a lovely female coming in real close to the reef and right past the divers giving everyone a very close experience , she hung a round for a while before swimming on.
Day 3
Dive 1
The dive site we wanted to dive had a big current running so we decided to just go for a swift drift dive along the arches , w-tips , grey reef , large napoleons , many surgeon fish , lots of pairs of dart goby , Susana flatworm , spearing mantis , sting ray been cleaned.
Dive 2
Brief snorkel with a WHALKE SHARK ... but couldn't keep up with it for long as it was swimming a little to fast!! But we did jump in with it twice followed by a pleasant drift along some great hard coral and again not much signs of bleaching and plenty of small reef fish , eagle ray ,w-tips , huge shoal of rabbit fish and mid-night snappers , peacock mantis and spearing mantis.
Dive 3
Strange grey and purple sponge coverage over a lot of the reef making it look like a moon landscape.
Day 4
Dive 1
LOVED THIS DIVE ... with so many bat fish - they hung out with us for the whole dive! We even had eagle rays hang out in the middle of them , grey sharks and w-tips , large shoals of sweet-lips , was nice having a large shoal of pompano’s swimming around. Peacock mantis. Little flatworm , huge shoal of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth atoll crossing with plenty of sunshine.
Dive 2
Strong in-current so some guests followed Dave across the channel to watch the greys and w-tips, and they even had some eagle rays and a large shoal of big eye jacks. The rest of the group followed me to enjoy the thila and pinnacle - the current was too strong to allow us to stop and enjoy all the lovely soft coral, but it was nice finishing the dive drifting over a lovely hard coral garden.
Dive 3
The visibility and light had dropped so we hung out on the corner for most of the dive enjoying the large shoals of red-snappers and mid-night snappers , couple of w-tip sharks , sting ray being cleaned , 3 pairs of purple dart goby , turtle , whip coral shrimp . Napoleon , dog-tooth tuna , blue fish travelly swimming around.
Night Dive
A VERY EXCITING NIGHT DIVE - WITH SO MANY NURSE SHARKS!!! There seemed to be more than normal and a couple of the female’s are very heavily pregnant , couple of sting rays joined in the show but it all went crazy once up in the shallows with nurse sharks and black-tip sharks both Jenkins and marble ray all swimming around in a big mass at times . YOU COULDN'T EVEN SEE YOUR BUDDY THROUGH THE SHARKS! Then to come back and find three more nurse sharks swimming around the back of Sea Spirit.
Day 5
Dive 1
Grey sharks and w-tips , eagle rays , saddle back groupers doing some kind of mating face off , large shoal of hump-head snappers & banner fish , green turtle.
Dive 2
Very good dive starting with a wall of red-snapper on one side of the thila and a wall of mid-night snappers on the other side , eagle rays , many grey sharks some been cleaned , w-tips , huge female green turtle , large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish , huge shoal of big eye jacks and fosters barracuda.
Dive 3
Strong current - but all good fun! Lots of fish life and great critter dive , w-tips .
Day 6
Dive 1
Perfect dive to finish both the trip on and the season on. W-tips , eagle rays , leaf fish , large spearing mantis , pair of porcelain crabs , honey-comb moray ,large shoal of banner fish , napoleon , so many puffer fish , very hungry hawksbill.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing back to North Male from South Male was not too bad we did have a little rain but once back in Hulemale the sun came out ready to dry all the diver gear ready for the guests to pack. Guests had a relaxing afternoon enjoying the sun.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer for the guests ready for their flights home. Its been a lovely last trip of the season with some great sightings and lovely guests as always. We both really look forward to the start of the next season in July and showing our next guests the wonders of the Maldives. Best Fishes David & Lisa x
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
We had 2 arrival times today. I got the first arrivals to set up their dive equipment while we were waiting for the later ones. Once everyone had set up their dive gear we met up with Sea Spirit so they could settle in while we travelled to the first dive site.
Dive 1
FAB START TO THE TRIP WITH 16+ STING RAYS ALL SWIMMING AROUND US. Every rock you looked at you’d find loads of morays and in one rock there were 5 different types of morays - Honeycomb , golden fleck , peppered moray , white eye moray and the undulated moray. Many strange blue box fish, napoleons (some being quiet big) , huge shoal of banner fish and surgeon fish. Transit to a good anchor spot as we are still having some strong winds.
Day 1
Dive 1
A lovely dive with w-tip reef sharks through-out the dive , sting ray , couple of hawksbills , porcelain crabs , large shoals of blue-stripe snappers and hump-head snappers , constant free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Low viz, being an out-current, but WOW so much life!!! A couple of grey reef sharks and w-tips , eagle rays , feather-tail ray , large dog-tooth tuna , 100s of big eye jacks , mid-night snappers , golden fleck moray being cleaned by a pair of cleaner shrimps , 100s of pyramid butter-fly fish , huge shoal of bat fish , zillions of fusiliers been charged at by the giant travelly and blue-fin travelly.
Dive 3
Late afternoon dive due to the long transit from Male but in some ways it made the dive more interesting with the sun low in sky , both juv and adult grey reefs along with many w-tips , bat fish following us round , 3 hawksbill turtles , 2 octopus , mini dice size yellow box fish , mantis shrimp , large shoal of banner fish , amba jacks , big eye jacks , black coral bushes full of small glass fish.
Night Dive
A LATE ARRIVAL FROM A VERY FRIENDLY MANTA ... so we woke the guests up and had a fab 70 mins sitting under the boat watching her doing loop the loops and very close 'flybys' right over our heads.
Day 2
Dive 1
WOW WHAT A DIVE ... the whole site was covered in a layer of blue stripe snappers and giant travelly and blue fin kept charging the fusiliers sending walls of fish right at us , was fun hanging on the top watching the grey sharks come closer and closer , frog fish , hawksbill turtle , bat fish ,large shoal of banner fish.
Dive 2
It was lovely being able just to enjoy a very healthy reef with no signs of bleaching and plenty of fish life and purple sponges everywhere.
Dive 3
YAY ... 4 DIFFERENT MANTAS!! The first being a small male coming in for a quick clean followed by a large female with a male close on her tail swam right over us but the best was a lovely female coming in real close to the reef and right past the divers giving everyone a very close experience , she hung a round for a while before swimming on.
Day 3
Dive 1
The dive site we wanted to dive had a big current running so we decided to just go for a swift drift dive along the arches , w-tips , grey reef , large napoleons , many surgeon fish , lots of pairs of dart goby , Susana flatworm , spearing mantis , sting ray been cleaned.
Dive 2
Brief snorkel with a WHALKE SHARK ... but couldn't keep up with it for long as it was swimming a little to fast!! But we did jump in with it twice followed by a pleasant drift along some great hard coral and again not much signs of bleaching and plenty of small reef fish , eagle ray ,w-tips , huge shoal of rabbit fish and mid-night snappers , peacock mantis and spearing mantis.
Dive 3
Strange grey and purple sponge coverage over a lot of the reef making it look like a moon landscape.
Day 4
Dive 1
LOVED THIS DIVE ... with so many bat fish - they hung out with us for the whole dive! We even had eagle rays hang out in the middle of them , grey sharks and w-tips , large shoals of sweet-lips , was nice having a large shoal of pompano’s swimming around. Peacock mantis. Little flatworm , huge shoal of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Ocean Crossing
Smooth atoll crossing with plenty of sunshine.
Dive 2
Strong in-current so some guests followed Dave across the channel to watch the greys and w-tips, and they even had some eagle rays and a large shoal of big eye jacks. The rest of the group followed me to enjoy the thila and pinnacle - the current was too strong to allow us to stop and enjoy all the lovely soft coral, but it was nice finishing the dive drifting over a lovely hard coral garden.
Dive 3
The visibility and light had dropped so we hung out on the corner for most of the dive enjoying the large shoals of red-snappers and mid-night snappers , couple of w-tip sharks , sting ray being cleaned , 3 pairs of purple dart goby , turtle , whip coral shrimp . Napoleon , dog-tooth tuna , blue fish travelly swimming around.
Night Dive
A VERY EXCITING NIGHT DIVE - WITH SO MANY NURSE SHARKS!!! There seemed to be more than normal and a couple of the female’s are very heavily pregnant , couple of sting rays joined in the show but it all went crazy once up in the shallows with nurse sharks and black-tip sharks both Jenkins and marble ray all swimming around in a big mass at times . YOU COULDN'T EVEN SEE YOUR BUDDY THROUGH THE SHARKS! Then to come back and find three more nurse sharks swimming around the back of Sea Spirit.
Day 5
Dive 1
Grey sharks and w-tips , eagle rays , saddle back groupers doing some kind of mating face off , large shoal of hump-head snappers & banner fish , green turtle.
Dive 2
Very good dive starting with a wall of red-snapper on one side of the thila and a wall of mid-night snappers on the other side , eagle rays , many grey sharks some been cleaned , w-tips , huge female green turtle , large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish , huge shoal of big eye jacks and fosters barracuda.
Dive 3
Strong current - but all good fun! Lots of fish life and great critter dive , w-tips .
Day 6
Dive 1
Perfect dive to finish both the trip on and the season on. W-tips , eagle rays , leaf fish , large spearing mantis , pair of porcelain crabs , honey-comb moray ,large shoal of banner fish , napoleon , so many puffer fish , very hungry hawksbill.
Ocean Crossing
Crossing back to North Male from South Male was not too bad we did have a little rain but once back in Hulemale the sun came out ready to dry all the diver gear ready for the guests to pack. Guests had a relaxing afternoon enjoying the sun.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early morning transfer for the guests ready for their flights home. Its been a lovely last trip of the season with some great sightings and lovely guests as always. We both really look forward to the start of the next season in July and showing our next guests the wonders of the Maldives. Best Fishes David & Lisa x
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS505 15 May 2016 to 22 May 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
One dive group arrived today on the early EK , all came through customs quiet quickly so had time to set their dive gear up before we got sailing.
Dive 1
Perfect current for the check out dive allowing the divers to make a slow descend to the sand plateau , very gentle drift along a very healthy reef and coral blocks and with large shoals of Blue stripe snappers and hump-head snapper , turtle , free swimming honey-comb moray , couple of w-tips swimming around , Manta fly by.
Night Dive
We don't normally do a night dive on the first day but with the guest arriving early and Sea Spirit able to set sail straight away allowed to us to travel down the Vaavu atoll . Had an amazing night dive - I think because there was a bit of current running we had a lot more Nurse Sharks , their must have been 30 to 40 in the water column and many swimming around the guest , couple of Jenkins rays and large marble ray , giant travelly and blue-fin were going crazy buzzing about the place…. All very exciting.
Day 1
Dive 1
Strong current making a swift drift dive but all good fun but the only problem was not been able to stop and take photos but was nice sailing along the reef and enjoying the fish fly by , couple of w-tips , napoleons , saddle-back groupers , large shoal of hump-head snappers , eagle ray , manta ray , turtle.
Dive 2
More of a gentle drift dive starting with the overhangs full of blue soft coral and fan corals, huge shoal of big eye jacks and yellow-back fusiliers , tuna charing the neon fusiliers , huge napoleon , bright yellow notodoris , long-nose hawk fish , but the reef top was worth the dive it self with large coral blocks and layer after layer of table corals all full of some many different reef fish was lovely just hanging out with them….. We surfaced right under a storm giving us a fab lighting show while waiting to be picked up from the dive boat.
Dive 3
This is such a stunning site with layer after layer of yellow soft coral hanging from the overhangs and basslet fish , huge shoal of big eye jacks , grey reef shark , couple of w-tips swimming back and fourth , we stopped to watch a group of groupers , napoleon , giant travelly and a w-tip shark all on the hunt and chasing a poor fish under a rock then to have them all standing guard while the w-tip circled round waiting for the poor fish to swim out… Surfaced to more rain.
Day 1
Dive 1
Swift drift along the wall with its golden coral and small groups of moorish idols , huge shoal of sweet-lips and hump-head snappers , huge scribble face puffer , couple of w-tips , large napoleon , a very small fabaliinia , anemone fish guarding there eggs , free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Another swift drift dive finishing the dive hanging out on the corner with the eagle rays and w-tips , 2 hawks-bills , pair of giant morays fighting , lovely orange anemone , but the best was at the end of the dive we had 8 MANTAS TO SNORKEL WITH … GREAT FUN AND A FIRSY FOR MOST OF THE GUEST.
Dive 3
Whats going on with these currents running strong all day , was nice having a coupe of manta fly overs at the start and a porcupine ray feeding , w-tips , large shoal of blue stripe snappers. Back to the surface to more rain and strong winds.
Day 3
Dive 1
Mobula , many honey-comb morays , porcelain crabs , juv razor fish , cube size box fish , many w-tips , both green & hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
Fab dive grey sharks through-out the dive , 6 eagle rays , large shoals of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish , hawksbill , large green turtle , travelly charging the fusiliers , large saddle-back groupers. Really good coral coverage both on the top and soft coral under the overhangs.
Dive 3
Such a lovely bimble dive and very relaxing after all the rough seas and stronger currents we found all sorts of wired small stuff for me the best was finding a rare Golden Moray. Many different nudi’s , cleaner shrimps , mantis shrimp , comet fish , scorpion fish , hermit crabs.
Evening Activity
Walk about around the local island Guraidhoo. Most the guest bought lovely Manta or shark carvings to take home and we managed to miss most of the rain.
Day 4
Dive 1
All the guest asked to go back to this site as it was so good yesterday and today was even better with even more grey sharks some even on the top of the thila , huge shoal of fosters barracuda and big eye jacks , large green turtle , 3 eagle rays , so many sweet-lips was great hanging out with them at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Had to dive on the in-side of the atoll as the outside was just to rough and we have a storm hit us but everyone really enjoyed the change having the little wreck to have a look around then to finish with the great giri to spend the 2nd part of the dive.
Dive 3
Well what can i say but one crazy dive with 5 different types of sting ray and i one view i counted 16 with many more swimming around and I've never seen so many huge morays all hanging out together one block at 7 at one end and 5 at the other and thats both honey-comb morays and common morays , many blue box fish one came right up to my mask. tune charging the fusiliers sending a huge wave of blue right through us was amazing to watch.
Day 5
Dive 1
I love this site always something to surprise you with today having seven large bump-head parrot fish swim by , green turtles, juv eagle ray swam right up to Dave , fab shoals of both blue-strip snapper and 3 spot snappers , black ribbon eel , whip-tail ray , 100s of bat fish and a large shoal of rainbow runners came swirling around us while doing our stops.
Dive 2
This is such a classic Maldives dive with interesting reef full of fish life and nice coral coverage , guest always enjoy this dive and its nice finishing on the large reef opposite drifting over all the anemones.
Dive 3
What a lovely surprise to see Mantas back on Lankan , 3 male mantas gave the guest fab fly by going right over there heads , w-tips , lovely green turtle , hawksbill eating some sponge , for the whole dive we had a constant flow of fusiliers .. Perfect last dive of the trip for some of the guest.
Evening Activity
First sunset since the guest arriving as we have had rain every night so was nice all sitting out with a beer or G & T watching the sunset and chatting about the weeks diving.
Day 6
Dive 1
Very pretty dive to finish the trip on with a great this dive all covered in pink soft coral and layers of basslets , large eagle ray , sting ray been cleaned , large shoal of mid-night snappers , sweet-lips , lovely green anemones.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to male for a bit of shopping and the lovely ice-cream then back to Seaspirit to finish packing and enjoy the last sunset.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early transfer to the airport for the guest due to early flights home.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
One dive group arrived today on the early EK , all came through customs quiet quickly so had time to set their dive gear up before we got sailing.
Dive 1
Perfect current for the check out dive allowing the divers to make a slow descend to the sand plateau , very gentle drift along a very healthy reef and coral blocks and with large shoals of Blue stripe snappers and hump-head snapper , turtle , free swimming honey-comb moray , couple of w-tips swimming around , Manta fly by.
Night Dive
We don't normally do a night dive on the first day but with the guest arriving early and Sea Spirit able to set sail straight away allowed to us to travel down the Vaavu atoll . Had an amazing night dive - I think because there was a bit of current running we had a lot more Nurse Sharks , their must have been 30 to 40 in the water column and many swimming around the guest , couple of Jenkins rays and large marble ray , giant travelly and blue-fin were going crazy buzzing about the place…. All very exciting.
Day 1
Dive 1
Strong current making a swift drift dive but all good fun but the only problem was not been able to stop and take photos but was nice sailing along the reef and enjoying the fish fly by , couple of w-tips , napoleons , saddle-back groupers , large shoal of hump-head snappers , eagle ray , manta ray , turtle.
Dive 2
More of a gentle drift dive starting with the overhangs full of blue soft coral and fan corals, huge shoal of big eye jacks and yellow-back fusiliers , tuna charing the neon fusiliers , huge napoleon , bright yellow notodoris , long-nose hawk fish , but the reef top was worth the dive it self with large coral blocks and layer after layer of table corals all full of some many different reef fish was lovely just hanging out with them….. We surfaced right under a storm giving us a fab lighting show while waiting to be picked up from the dive boat.
Dive 3
This is such a stunning site with layer after layer of yellow soft coral hanging from the overhangs and basslet fish , huge shoal of big eye jacks , grey reef shark , couple of w-tips swimming back and fourth , we stopped to watch a group of groupers , napoleon , giant travelly and a w-tip shark all on the hunt and chasing a poor fish under a rock then to have them all standing guard while the w-tip circled round waiting for the poor fish to swim out… Surfaced to more rain.
Day 1
Dive 1
Swift drift along the wall with its golden coral and small groups of moorish idols , huge shoal of sweet-lips and hump-head snappers , huge scribble face puffer , couple of w-tips , large napoleon , a very small fabaliinia , anemone fish guarding there eggs , free-way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
Another swift drift dive finishing the dive hanging out on the corner with the eagle rays and w-tips , 2 hawks-bills , pair of giant morays fighting , lovely orange anemone , but the best was at the end of the dive we had 8 MANTAS TO SNORKEL WITH … GREAT FUN AND A FIRSY FOR MOST OF THE GUEST.
Dive 3
Whats going on with these currents running strong all day , was nice having a coupe of manta fly overs at the start and a porcupine ray feeding , w-tips , large shoal of blue stripe snappers. Back to the surface to more rain and strong winds.
Day 3
Dive 1
Mobula , many honey-comb morays , porcelain crabs , juv razor fish , cube size box fish , many w-tips , both green & hawksbill turtles.
Dive 2
Fab dive grey sharks through-out the dive , 6 eagle rays , large shoals of sweet-lips and red-tail butterfly fish , hawksbill , large green turtle , travelly charging the fusiliers , large saddle-back groupers. Really good coral coverage both on the top and soft coral under the overhangs.
Dive 3
Such a lovely bimble dive and very relaxing after all the rough seas and stronger currents we found all sorts of wired small stuff for me the best was finding a rare Golden Moray. Many different nudi’s , cleaner shrimps , mantis shrimp , comet fish , scorpion fish , hermit crabs.
Evening Activity
Walk about around the local island Guraidhoo. Most the guest bought lovely Manta or shark carvings to take home and we managed to miss most of the rain.
Day 4
Dive 1
All the guest asked to go back to this site as it was so good yesterday and today was even better with even more grey sharks some even on the top of the thila , huge shoal of fosters barracuda and big eye jacks , large green turtle , 3 eagle rays , so many sweet-lips was great hanging out with them at the end of the dive.
Dive 2
Had to dive on the in-side of the atoll as the outside was just to rough and we have a storm hit us but everyone really enjoyed the change having the little wreck to have a look around then to finish with the great giri to spend the 2nd part of the dive.
Dive 3
Well what can i say but one crazy dive with 5 different types of sting ray and i one view i counted 16 with many more swimming around and I've never seen so many huge morays all hanging out together one block at 7 at one end and 5 at the other and thats both honey-comb morays and common morays , many blue box fish one came right up to my mask. tune charging the fusiliers sending a huge wave of blue right through us was amazing to watch.
Day 5
Dive 1
I love this site always something to surprise you with today having seven large bump-head parrot fish swim by , green turtles, juv eagle ray swam right up to Dave , fab shoals of both blue-strip snapper and 3 spot snappers , black ribbon eel , whip-tail ray , 100s of bat fish and a large shoal of rainbow runners came swirling around us while doing our stops.
Dive 2
This is such a classic Maldives dive with interesting reef full of fish life and nice coral coverage , guest always enjoy this dive and its nice finishing on the large reef opposite drifting over all the anemones.
Dive 3
What a lovely surprise to see Mantas back on Lankan , 3 male mantas gave the guest fab fly by going right over there heads , w-tips , lovely green turtle , hawksbill eating some sponge , for the whole dive we had a constant flow of fusiliers .. Perfect last dive of the trip for some of the guest.
Evening Activity
First sunset since the guest arriving as we have had rain every night so was nice all sitting out with a beer or G & T watching the sunset and chatting about the weeks diving.
Day 6
Dive 1
Very pretty dive to finish the trip on with a great this dive all covered in pink soft coral and layers of basslets , large eagle ray , sting ray been cleaned , large shoal of mid-night snappers , sweet-lips , lovely green anemones.
Daytime Excursion
Visit to male for a bit of shopping and the lovely ice-cream then back to Seaspirit to finish packing and enjoy the last sunset.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early transfer to the airport for the guest due to early flights home.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS503 24 Apr 2016 to 6 May 2016 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Busy morning with three different arrival times but once everyone was settled on Sea Spirit we got on our way to South Male.
Dive 1
Some guests did a buoyancy check before we headed to the dive site which is always a good idea when you're diving with new dive gear. Very gentle current which is perfect to allow everyone time relax into the dive. Constant free way of fusiliers , huge bump-head parrot fish , both eagle ray and feather tail ray , small w-tip , couple of green turtles and 1 hawksbill-turtle , honey-comb morays , large shoal of blue-stripe snapper.
Day 1
Dive 1
Large eagle ray , marble ray , w-tips , very friendly hawksbill , large shoals of blue stripe snappers and yellow goat fish , many honey-comb morays , pair of anemone shrimps , lovely lilac & white anemone , Thurdilla dayeri , stripe leg lobster.
Dive 2
Fab critter dive with 6 ribbon eels , 4 spearing mantis shrimps, moray been cleaned , lovely tube worms , many lion fish , I just love watching the blennys always busy little things , pair of mating octopus , the reef top covered in a layer of basslets , huge napoleon , pompano’s.
Dive 3
HAMMERHEAD SHARK , 9 eagle rays , both grey sharks & w-tips sharks , 3 large napoleons chasing each other around , 3 hawksbill turtles , white leaf fish , smallest anemone along with a mini anemone fish so cute.
Dive 4
One crazy night dive with Giant travelly and blue fin travelly dashing around , so many nurse sharks , sting rays and black-tips sharks , this went on for the whole dive with a right pile on in the shallows when a travelly caught a fish sending the sharks into a frenzy !!!!.
Day 2
Dive 1
What a show on the South Corner , both grey sharks & w-tips , 11 eagle rays in formation came right over our heads , 1 MANTA, 2 very funny hawksbill sat with us on the front , free swimming honey comb moray , napoleons , marble and feather-tail rays , octopus , large female black-tip shark.
Dive 2
100s & 100s of jacks hanging out on the corner along with groupers and dog-tooth tuna , followed by a very pleasant drift over all the table corals on the reef top.
Dive 3
Pleasant drift along the inside of the channel with so many yellow margin trigger fish nesting then to stay on the corner to watch 2 MANTAS FEEDING just of the front , the smaller male stayed with us for at least 20 min putting on a fab show doing loop the loops.
Evening Activity
Guests had a a walk around the Sand Bank by the little island.
Day 3
Dive 1
Again our two mantas from yesterday kept showing up sometimes feeding along with stopping for a quick clean in between , was lovley to just hang out on the corner watching them.
Dive 2
Out-current so we had to start in the inside but WOW - WHAT A DIVE!!! Wave after wave of fusiliers along with 8 eagle rays swimming amongst them , huge shoal of big eye jacks and cheveron barracuda , couple of w-tips along the front , huge napoleon , but wow the coral blocks on the reef top were amazing full of lots of different types of reef fish almost like an aquarium.
Dive 3
Love this site with huge shoals of hump-head snappers and sweet-lips on the reef top , cute green turtle , w-tips and a huge female grey shark ,honey-comb moray swimming around , the coral blocks along the front are stunning with the amazing orange soft coral and layers of basslets , large shoals of banner fish .
Evening Activity
I took some of the guests for a walk about around the local island , was nice sitting watching the sun set over Sea Spirit.
Day 4
Dive 1
Well, it was well worth the wait to have TWO LARGE MANTAS COME TO CLEAN - making very close passes over some of the guests heads. The male Manta has to be the largest one I've seen for a long time!!!!!
Dive 2
Channel crossing and with a constant free-way of fusiliers and mid-night snappers , huge shoal of big eye jacks, Large shoal of red-snappers along with a HUGE DEW FISH right in the middle of them , w-tips ,feather-tail ray
Dive 3
Stunning Coral garden dive full of smaller reef fish , pair of mating octopus , turtle ,2 spot snappers , but the best as to be the reef top at 6 m truly stunning garden of all types of hard corals.
Snorkelling
Can you believe it as soon as we switched the lights on at 6:30 our first WHALE SHARK showed up staying with us until 5am allowing both guests and crew the chance to snorkel with him watching him feed swimming right under us. We also had TWO other WHALE SHARKS show up throughout the night - one being at least 10m, dwarfing the first one, followed by a much smaller one which stayed right up until the sun came up.
Day 5
Dive 1
Blue dive hoping to find some hammer-heads but no luck but we did see 1 MANTA RAY, mobula and a large eagle ray.
Dive 2
Out current but I really enjoyed the dive with the coral blocks just on the inside of the channel were full of life - shame the current would not allow us to stay.
Dive 3
Very relaxing dive with a fab wall and overhangs full of white & Pink Acabaria coral and so many different coloured sponges , I spent the whole dive multi levelling up the wall , I never made it round the whole giri.
Day 6
Dive 1
A FABULOUS CRITTER DIVE - found a juv 3 spot flounder , Juv mimic surgeon fish , Red pygmy goby , little moray , Juv blue tang , pair of porcelain crabs . Turtle plus a couple of white tip reef sharks.
Dive 2
Fab 3 Silver-tips being cleaned , so many w-tip reef sharks , marble ray , large shoal of blue-stripe snappers & yellow goat fish , turtle.
Snorkelling
Snorkel with a 6m WHALE SHARK!!! We did find a smaller one but it dived before we could get in with it.
Dive 3
Free way of yellow back fusiliers , large shoal of mid-night snappers , couple of turtles , w-tips , black-tip reef shark , octopus , scorpion fish , overhang full of glass fish , really healthy hard coral on the reef top near the corner.
Day 7
Dive 1
Plenty of very active w-tips sharks , sting rays , many white mouth morays , turtles , peacock mantis shrimp , large shoal of indian banner fish and solider fish , tuna were hunting the surgeon fish making then all come dashing back to the reef , octopus , moray been cleaned.
Dive 2
WOW ... we flew along the overhangs with no chance to stop and take photos, but just go go with the flow and enjoy the ride!!!
Dive 3
Shoaling bat fish , turtle ,little moray , long-nose hawk fish , Susanna’s flatworm , some lovely baby pink anemones all along the top of the southern pinnacle , bubble shrimps , whip coral shrimp , large shoal of blue stripe snappers , sting ray resting down in the sand and a couple of smaller w-tips.
Evening Activity
Fabulous sunset over the local island followed by an amazing star show!! A whole bunch of us sat on the sundeck watching the shooting stars and satellites wizz by.
Day 8
Dive 1
Stunning dive with a gentle current allowing guests to take a good look around the pinnacles which are totally full of soft coral and layers of bassletts , couple of w-tips and a small grey shark , great barracuda , free-way of yellow back fusiliers , many saddle back groupers , large shoal of surgeon fish , the soft blue coral in the overhangs are stunning , finishing the dive swimming in and out of the huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers.
Dive 2
Many w-tips sharks and a 2 small grey reef sharks swimming amongst the big eyes , shoaling bat fish , tuna and travelly charging the fusiliers sending a wall of fish right through us , very cute juv w-tips swimming around under one of the large table corals , bat fish been cleaned , small turtle , octopus.
Dive 3
Juv grey reef sharks hanging out around the deeper pinnacles , black coral bushes full of glass fish , small eagle ray , large shoal of banner fish , very funny bat fish , two hawksbill turtles , very friendly octopus , sting ray , smallest cube size yellow box fish , long-nose hawk fish , comet fish.
Dive 4
Was lovely having the site to ourselves , not so many w-tips tonight but we did have Giant travelly follow us round for the whole dive along with a small female sting ray , many morays out on the hunt , large hawksbill swimming around , octopus , hermit crabs , grey reef shark swimming around the the top of the thila.
Dive 5
Lovely dive sitting underneath Sea Spirit watching 3 FEMALE MANTAS FEEDING - the smaller one was so much fun doing loop the loops and looked like she was having a ball - she even seemed to be enjoying the divers bubbles.
Day 9
Dive 1
A really pretty site with large shoal of both banner-fish and pyramid butter-fly fish hanging out over the coral block , huge shoal of red-snapper at one end and a huge shoal of big eye jacks on the other end ,w-tips swimming around along with 1 small grey reef shark , beautiful bright pink bubble anemone , we kept being buzzed by the damsel fish guarding the coral patch , the reef was covered in red-tooth trigger fish , finishing the dive with bat fish hanging out with us while doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
Another swift drift dive along a very healthy reef and overhangs with some many reef fish , had a pair of golden morays both covered in cleaner shrimps looking like they were stopped to visit a spa , w-tips , small eagle ray.
Dive 3
So many ribbon eels , pair of white porcelain crabs , honey-comb moray swimming around , w-tips , large napoleons , 100s of banner fish , leaf fish , large spearing mantis shrimp , whip coral shrimp , green turtle, very interesting ledges full of smaller reef fish and many different shrimps.
Evening Activity
One of Sea Spirits crew took the guests for a tour around his island and for them to do a bit of shopping.
Day 10
Dive 1
6 eagle rays just chilling out with the guest for quiet some time , large w-tips , huge shoal of surgeon fish and mid-night snappers all hanging out at the current point , large hawksbill , 2 greys reef sharks , lovely large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butter-fly fish , Napoleons , shoaling big eyes at the back of the thila. many scibble file fish or 'bob' as one of the guests called them.
Dive 2
Guests were more than happy to go back to the same site - a totally different dive this time - again with a smaller current and everyone seeing something different. For my little group the best was watching a large hawksbill turtle having a right good feed on some sponge this must have gone on for 25 min the poor thing was being swept all over the place with the surge but very funny to watch.
Dive 3
This is always a relaxing chill out dive for the guests allowing them all to have a longer dive time - some doing 75 min. Guests always enjoy visiting the little wreck then to finish the dive enjoying the Giri.
Evening Activity
Amazing lightning show for most of the the night!
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip with a swift drift along a very healthy reef and ledges. This was a very relaxing dive enjoying the reef drift past with nothing in particular to look out for just to enjoy being under water.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came into Male for a walk about and a little shopping before heading back to Sea Spirit to finishing their packing and to soak up the last few sun rays.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Time to take the guests back over to the Airport ready for their flight home.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Busy morning with three different arrival times but once everyone was settled on Sea Spirit we got on our way to South Male.
Dive 1
Some guests did a buoyancy check before we headed to the dive site which is always a good idea when you're diving with new dive gear. Very gentle current which is perfect to allow everyone time relax into the dive. Constant free way of fusiliers , huge bump-head parrot fish , both eagle ray and feather tail ray , small w-tip , couple of green turtles and 1 hawksbill-turtle , honey-comb morays , large shoal of blue-stripe snapper.
Day 1
Dive 1
Large eagle ray , marble ray , w-tips , very friendly hawksbill , large shoals of blue stripe snappers and yellow goat fish , many honey-comb morays , pair of anemone shrimps , lovely lilac & white anemone , Thurdilla dayeri , stripe leg lobster.
Dive 2
Fab critter dive with 6 ribbon eels , 4 spearing mantis shrimps, moray been cleaned , lovely tube worms , many lion fish , I just love watching the blennys always busy little things , pair of mating octopus , the reef top covered in a layer of basslets , huge napoleon , pompano’s.
Dive 3
HAMMERHEAD SHARK , 9 eagle rays , both grey sharks & w-tips sharks , 3 large napoleons chasing each other around , 3 hawksbill turtles , white leaf fish , smallest anemone along with a mini anemone fish so cute.
Dive 4
One crazy night dive with Giant travelly and blue fin travelly dashing around , so many nurse sharks , sting rays and black-tips sharks , this went on for the whole dive with a right pile on in the shallows when a travelly caught a fish sending the sharks into a frenzy !!!!.
Day 2
Dive 1
What a show on the South Corner , both grey sharks & w-tips , 11 eagle rays in formation came right over our heads , 1 MANTA, 2 very funny hawksbill sat with us on the front , free swimming honey comb moray , napoleons , marble and feather-tail rays , octopus , large female black-tip shark.
Dive 2
100s & 100s of jacks hanging out on the corner along with groupers and dog-tooth tuna , followed by a very pleasant drift over all the table corals on the reef top.
Dive 3
Pleasant drift along the inside of the channel with so many yellow margin trigger fish nesting then to stay on the corner to watch 2 MANTAS FEEDING just of the front , the smaller male stayed with us for at least 20 min putting on a fab show doing loop the loops.
Evening Activity
Guests had a a walk around the Sand Bank by the little island.
Day 3
Dive 1
Again our two mantas from yesterday kept showing up sometimes feeding along with stopping for a quick clean in between , was lovley to just hang out on the corner watching them.
Dive 2
Out-current so we had to start in the inside but WOW - WHAT A DIVE!!! Wave after wave of fusiliers along with 8 eagle rays swimming amongst them , huge shoal of big eye jacks and cheveron barracuda , couple of w-tips along the front , huge napoleon , but wow the coral blocks on the reef top were amazing full of lots of different types of reef fish almost like an aquarium.
Dive 3
Love this site with huge shoals of hump-head snappers and sweet-lips on the reef top , cute green turtle , w-tips and a huge female grey shark ,honey-comb moray swimming around , the coral blocks along the front are stunning with the amazing orange soft coral and layers of basslets , large shoals of banner fish .
Evening Activity
I took some of the guests for a walk about around the local island , was nice sitting watching the sun set over Sea Spirit.
Day 4
Dive 1
Well, it was well worth the wait to have TWO LARGE MANTAS COME TO CLEAN - making very close passes over some of the guests heads. The male Manta has to be the largest one I've seen for a long time!!!!!
Dive 2
Channel crossing and with a constant free-way of fusiliers and mid-night snappers , huge shoal of big eye jacks, Large shoal of red-snappers along with a HUGE DEW FISH right in the middle of them , w-tips ,feather-tail ray
Dive 3
Stunning Coral garden dive full of smaller reef fish , pair of mating octopus , turtle ,2 spot snappers , but the best as to be the reef top at 6 m truly stunning garden of all types of hard corals.
Snorkelling
Can you believe it as soon as we switched the lights on at 6:30 our first WHALE SHARK showed up staying with us until 5am allowing both guests and crew the chance to snorkel with him watching him feed swimming right under us. We also had TWO other WHALE SHARKS show up throughout the night - one being at least 10m, dwarfing the first one, followed by a much smaller one which stayed right up until the sun came up.
Day 5
Dive 1
Blue dive hoping to find some hammer-heads but no luck but we did see 1 MANTA RAY, mobula and a large eagle ray.
Dive 2
Out current but I really enjoyed the dive with the coral blocks just on the inside of the channel were full of life - shame the current would not allow us to stay.
Dive 3
Very relaxing dive with a fab wall and overhangs full of white & Pink Acabaria coral and so many different coloured sponges , I spent the whole dive multi levelling up the wall , I never made it round the whole giri.
Day 6
Dive 1
A FABULOUS CRITTER DIVE - found a juv 3 spot flounder , Juv mimic surgeon fish , Red pygmy goby , little moray , Juv blue tang , pair of porcelain crabs . Turtle plus a couple of white tip reef sharks.
Dive 2
Fab 3 Silver-tips being cleaned , so many w-tip reef sharks , marble ray , large shoal of blue-stripe snappers & yellow goat fish , turtle.
Snorkelling
Snorkel with a 6m WHALE SHARK!!! We did find a smaller one but it dived before we could get in with it.
Dive 3
Free way of yellow back fusiliers , large shoal of mid-night snappers , couple of turtles , w-tips , black-tip reef shark , octopus , scorpion fish , overhang full of glass fish , really healthy hard coral on the reef top near the corner.
Day 7
Dive 1
Plenty of very active w-tips sharks , sting rays , many white mouth morays , turtles , peacock mantis shrimp , large shoal of indian banner fish and solider fish , tuna were hunting the surgeon fish making then all come dashing back to the reef , octopus , moray been cleaned.
Dive 2
WOW ... we flew along the overhangs with no chance to stop and take photos, but just go go with the flow and enjoy the ride!!!
Dive 3
Shoaling bat fish , turtle ,little moray , long-nose hawk fish , Susanna’s flatworm , some lovely baby pink anemones all along the top of the southern pinnacle , bubble shrimps , whip coral shrimp , large shoal of blue stripe snappers , sting ray resting down in the sand and a couple of smaller w-tips.
Evening Activity
Fabulous sunset over the local island followed by an amazing star show!! A whole bunch of us sat on the sundeck watching the shooting stars and satellites wizz by.
Day 8
Dive 1
Stunning dive with a gentle current allowing guests to take a good look around the pinnacles which are totally full of soft coral and layers of bassletts , couple of w-tips and a small grey shark , great barracuda , free-way of yellow back fusiliers , many saddle back groupers , large shoal of surgeon fish , the soft blue coral in the overhangs are stunning , finishing the dive swimming in and out of the huge shoal of blue-stripe snappers.
Dive 2
Many w-tips sharks and a 2 small grey reef sharks swimming amongst the big eyes , shoaling bat fish , tuna and travelly charging the fusiliers sending a wall of fish right through us , very cute juv w-tips swimming around under one of the large table corals , bat fish been cleaned , small turtle , octopus.
Dive 3
Juv grey reef sharks hanging out around the deeper pinnacles , black coral bushes full of glass fish , small eagle ray , large shoal of banner fish , very funny bat fish , two hawksbill turtles , very friendly octopus , sting ray , smallest cube size yellow box fish , long-nose hawk fish , comet fish.
Dive 4
Was lovely having the site to ourselves , not so many w-tips tonight but we did have Giant travelly follow us round for the whole dive along with a small female sting ray , many morays out on the hunt , large hawksbill swimming around , octopus , hermit crabs , grey reef shark swimming around the the top of the thila.
Dive 5
Lovely dive sitting underneath Sea Spirit watching 3 FEMALE MANTAS FEEDING - the smaller one was so much fun doing loop the loops and looked like she was having a ball - she even seemed to be enjoying the divers bubbles.
Day 9
Dive 1
A really pretty site with large shoal of both banner-fish and pyramid butter-fly fish hanging out over the coral block , huge shoal of red-snapper at one end and a huge shoal of big eye jacks on the other end ,w-tips swimming around along with 1 small grey reef shark , beautiful bright pink bubble anemone , we kept being buzzed by the damsel fish guarding the coral patch , the reef was covered in red-tooth trigger fish , finishing the dive with bat fish hanging out with us while doing our safety stops.
Dive 2
Another swift drift dive along a very healthy reef and overhangs with some many reef fish , had a pair of golden morays both covered in cleaner shrimps looking like they were stopped to visit a spa , w-tips , small eagle ray.
Dive 3
So many ribbon eels , pair of white porcelain crabs , honey-comb moray swimming around , w-tips , large napoleons , 100s of banner fish , leaf fish , large spearing mantis shrimp , whip coral shrimp , green turtle, very interesting ledges full of smaller reef fish and many different shrimps.
Evening Activity
One of Sea Spirits crew took the guests for a tour around his island and for them to do a bit of shopping.
Day 10
Dive 1
6 eagle rays just chilling out with the guest for quiet some time , large w-tips , huge shoal of surgeon fish and mid-night snappers all hanging out at the current point , large hawksbill , 2 greys reef sharks , lovely large shoal of sweet-lips and red-tail butter-fly fish , Napoleons , shoaling big eyes at the back of the thila. many scibble file fish or 'bob' as one of the guests called them.
Dive 2
Guests were more than happy to go back to the same site - a totally different dive this time - again with a smaller current and everyone seeing something different. For my little group the best was watching a large hawksbill turtle having a right good feed on some sponge this must have gone on for 25 min the poor thing was being swept all over the place with the surge but very funny to watch.
Dive 3
This is always a relaxing chill out dive for the guests allowing them all to have a longer dive time - some doing 75 min. Guests always enjoy visiting the little wreck then to finish the dive enjoying the Giri.
Evening Activity
Amazing lightning show for most of the the night!
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip with a swift drift along a very healthy reef and ledges. This was a very relaxing dive enjoying the reef drift past with nothing in particular to look out for just to enjoy being under water.
Daytime Excursion
Some guests came into Male for a walk about and a little shopping before heading back to Sea Spirit to finishing their packing and to soak up the last few sun rays.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Time to take the guests back over to the Airport ready for their flight home.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS502 10 Apr 2016 to 22 Apr 2016 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Meet the guests from the early Emirates flight, while in transit back to Sea Spirit the guests set their dive gear up ready for the afternoon dive.
Dive 1
A LARGE FEMALE MANTA swam right over the divers heads , w-tips down in the sand , Couple of Napoleons ,100s of Blue stripe snappers & Yellow spot snappers , Bat fish , Many different morays finishing off with a gentle drift along the top of the reef.
Day 1
Dive 1
Fab start to the day with a snorkel with 2 MANTA RAYS in very shallow water. The dive was lovely with 16 Eagle rays , many w-tips , Huge shoal of bat fish , 100s of blue stripe snappers , Hawksbill turtle , lovely burnt Orange anemones , octopus , mantis shrimp.
Dive 2
2 Eagle rays , 1 small Grey shark , w-tips , swirling big eye jacks , friendly hawksbill , shoals of Amba jacks , cave full of glass fish , very friendly bat fish , so many anemone fish on-top of the large overhang , free way of fusiliers.
Dive 3
Two of the three sting rays followed us for the whole dive along with the w-tips all going crazy every time the GT’s caught a fish , moray eels out on the hunt , lion fish , turtles trying to sleep, very small yellow cromodoris , spearing mantis , Red snapper charging about making it a very exciting dive with the bonus of having the whole site to ourselves.
Dive 4
Started of with 2 MANTAS ... and the smaller one stayed for the whole dive doing loop the loops right in front of the guests!!
Day 2
Dive 1
Huge shoal of chevron barracuda , 100s of big eyes , Bat fish some hanging out in the overhangs being cleaned , very small hawksbill , couple of juv w-tips swimming round and round under one of the table corals , so many anemone fish. The end of the dive was cool hanging out at the front of the thila watching the tuna charging the fusiliers sending fleeing past the divers.
Dive 2
20+ Eagle rays , huge shoal of bat fish , both grey sharks & w-tips sharks , long nose emperor & blue fin along with a napoleon all on the hunt together , swirling mass of big eye jacks , wall of pyramid butter-fly fish , queens fish , dog tooth tuna , rainbow runners. Star Fish spawning.
Dive 3
11 Eagle rays , large female grey cruising along the reef while the smaller males hung out in the blue, vortex of jacks , very friendly napoleon , huge mama puffer fish, the whole ridge was covered in a layer of bassets and juv red-tooth trigger fish
Evening Activity
Some of the guests went shopping while Pam came for a 5k run around the local island.
Day 3
Dive 1
Early morning dive to go look for Hammer-heads no joy this morning but with so much life and action all along the ridge and even back on the main reef it made it a really enjoyable morning dive.
Dive 2
Local fisherman told us about a deep thila so we decided to go on a little adventure and dive something new to all of us , the reef was very interesting with the deeper part being very healthy and full of life , Free-way of luna fusiliers , couple of male w-tips closely following a larger female round , both whip-tail and feather-tail ray , small eagle ray , 4 hawksbills and 1 larger green turlte. layer after layer of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Deep drop of with a wall starting at 40m and this is where you find the lovely bright pink Hydrocoral which is a hard coral and only found in the northern atolls , large eagle ray , hawks-bill after hawksbill plus a couple of green turtles.Pompano , large milk fish, dog-tooth tuna , large shoal of 2 spot snappers & yellow goat fish.
Evening Activity
Had fun snorkelling with a spearing Mantis Shrimp using the lights to hunt at the back on Sea Spirit.
Day 4
Dive 1
Gentle drift along overhangs & Pinnacles full of Soft coral & sea fans , 4 marble sting rays two swimming around , couple of turtles , free-way of fusiliers , large shoal of mid-night snappers , wave after wave of blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
WOW .. WHAT A SITE!!! With the whole area covered in a layer of basslets and pinnacles full of soft coral with walls of blue stripe snappers , large torpedo ray , black ribbon eel , hump-head snappers , just a really stunning site.
Dive 3
Many different juv reed fish - I've never found so many on one dive before , sting ray been cleaned , ledges full of glass fish, free-way of fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Drinks on the sun deck to watch a perfect sunset.
Day 5
Dive 1
Fish soup at the start of the dive - in parts you could not even see the reef , both marble and feather-tail ray , very friendly hawksbill , 2 Mantas cleaning , little nurse shark swimming around . Can't believe we had a Male LEMON SHARK swimming around and around right in front of the guests - how amazing is that !!!!!!
Dive 2
Started the dive watching 2 MANTAS CLEANING at the cleaning station followed by a drift along to the aquarium to enjoy the huge shoal of masses of fish , Porcupine ray , marble ray , huge napoleon and again we had a swim by from the Lemon Shark.
Dive 3
Stunning Drift along ledges & overhangs full of amazing soft coral some been bright orange , turtle after turtle , huge dog-tooth tuna , 3 napoleons swimming around together , finishing the dive with a swift drift along the reef top over a fab garden of hard coral.
Snorkelling
Snorkel after the dive with a large pod of dolphins.
Day 6
Dive 1
Guests asked if they could dive this site again as they really enjoyed it yesterday. This morning we had a very gentle current so guests were able to slow down and really enjoy the reef. For me the best part is the layer after layer of the Bassletts leaving a whole wave of orange - I've never seen so many!
Dive 2
AMAZING ... as we descended you could watch a Large female GUITAR SHARK being closely followed by 2 smaller males swimming around on top of the thila before gliding over the edge , nurse shark swimming around along the sand , female grey shark having a rest under the overhang and, yes, it was a grey shark - we have video and photos to prove it! Couple of smaller greys out along the sand , huge shoal of two different types of snappers , huge marble ray , barracuda this site had some much happening it was hard to know what part to look at fist…. AND WOW ... right at the end of the dive we had 6 GUITAR SHARKS - two large females being followed by 4 smaller males which seemed to be some sort of mating dance!
Dive 3
Strong current so you had to work a little to reach the front of the thila in the current point. It was a case of 'hook in' an watch the show - with tuna charging the fusiliers sending a wall of blue right at us, 100s of pyramid butter-fly fish , large shoal of fosters barracuda.
Evening Activity
We had a lovely walk around the local island to visit the 400 year old Kaani Tree and to enjoy watching the sunset from the beach . Myself and one of the guests ( Pam ) went for a run along a lovely sandy round ending with a fab view of the sea - was funny having some local children race us back to Nuimath at the end of our run…. Giggles all round.
Day 7
Dive 1
SHARK TASTIC !!!! we had the GUITAR SHARKS from start to end of the dive with the two females been closely followed by 3 much smaller males we even had them hanging out with us on top of the thila. Nurse shark , 2 eagle rays , sting rays been cleaned and out on the hunt , large shoals of snappers and grey sweet-lips , really lovely swim through full of smaller reef fish , couple of juv grey sharks , 100s of Amba jacks came swirling around us.
Dive 2
100s & 100s of big eye jacks , leopard shark , w-tips , so many octopus some out swimming around , huge shoal of bat fish , juv eagle ray , great barracuda , 2 feather-tail rays and 2 marble sting rays , large shoal of chevron barracuda. Then to have the bat fish hang out with us while we did our safety stops.
Dive 3
So many sting rays and mainly all swimming around , couple of w-tips sharks , huge shoal of big eye jacks and chevron barracuda , Great barracuda being cleaned , very friendly bat fish , octopus , mantis shrimp , hawksbill turtle , juv eagle ray , rainbow runners , scribble file fish , many different morays.
Day 8
Dive 1
Very pretty dive with a small current so you could move around the small thila freely , the whole thila was covered in a layer of basslets , lion fish , 2 w-tip reef sharks swimming round under one of the overhangs , Large female marble ray been followed by a smaller male they really didn't mind us at all hanging out with them, very friendly juv eagle ray , shoal of bat fish , 100s of fusiliers , dog-tooth tuna , cromodoris glenei , large shoal of chevron barracuda.
Dive 2
Nice current dive taking us flying along the reef , 1 large grey reef shark , huge shoal of big eye jacks , giant sweet-lips and grey sweet-lips , large shoals of red-tail butter-fly fish and oriental sweet-lips , pale of white leaf fish , so many honey-comb morays , both green & hawksbill turtles , marble ray been cleaned , peacock flounder.
Dive 3
Large shoal of pompano’s , big eye jacks , rainbow runners , w-tip reef sharks , large shoals of different butter-fly fish & snappers , large green turtle , many honey-comb morays , pair of leaf fish.
Dive 4
Three large napoleons sleeping in and under the wreck ,large saddle back grouper sleeping in the wheel house , juv peacock flounder , flathead fish , 2 teeny tiny squid ( so cute ) black-tip reef shark , very small hawksbill turtle , large hermit crab out walking around , black jacks charging around using our torch lights to hunt , blush check pipe fish , octopus.
Day 9
Dive 1
This site is one of the best places in the Maldives to get up close and personal to the many green turtles - we even had some swimming a round followed by bat fish , 3 eagle rays , large grey reef shark , large napoleons , shoals of soldier fish hanging under the large overhang , pipe fish , Bat fish.
Dive 2
MY GOODNESS ... WHAT A CURRENT!!! We all dropped down on the front of the atoll plate to watch the grey sharks swim back and fourth with ease along with tune and jacks , then to be swept into the channel - some making it to the thila while the others got swept up the channel , even the fish on top of the thila were all hiding behind coral blocks to get out of the current.
Dive 3
Totally different dive with no current so everyone was able to do a long relaxing dive enjoying the anemone garden on the top of the thila which was covered in a layer of glass fish which were being charged at by blue-fin travelly. lion fish , large shoal of banner fish and surgeon fish along the West side , long-nose hawk fish , coral blocks covered in christmas tree worms.
Evening Activity
Sat watching an amazing lightning show over the local island after dinner.
Day 10
Dive 1
1 MANTA, both marble ray & whip-tail ray , 2 grey reef sharks , large shoal of big eye jacks came swirling round us , large dog-tooth tuna , honey-comb morays , hawksbill turtle , lovely white anemone with 2 pink anemone fish living in it , large shoal of surgeon fish , free way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
I always love this site .. with stunning hard coral all covered in small reef fish , plus circular bat fish , eagle rays , huge napoleons , very friendly hawksbill turtle but for me the best was swimming along the reef top along the sand and finding Sting ray after sting ray both feather-tails and porcupine rays , 3 juv bump-head parrot fish , 100s of butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Yes, we finally got to dive this channel after all these years and WOW - WHAT A RIDE! We had a strong current taking us flying along the front of the channel then finishing off drifting into the channel ending up with a lovely coral garden. Yes, we did see a couple of sharks and eagle rays along with huge shoals of snappers but no chance to stop and enjoy as the current was to strong.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip Perfect way to end a perfect trip with all 34 dives with not one other dive boat to be seen or diver except our own guests. Lovely gentle swim along overhangs full of fan corals and 100s of blue-stripe snappers , couple of w-tips , interesting pinnacles with huge shoal of surgeon fish & Grey sweet-lips hanging around them finishing on top of the thila to enjoy the large coral blocks covered in smaller reef fish.
After the dive we had a very pleasant journey back to Hulemale allowing guests to wash & dry their dive gear and to enjoy the lovely sunshine while relaxing on the sun-deck.
Evening Activity
I took one of the guests ( Pam ) for a 5k run around Hulemale then back to the boat for a shower ready for a cool Gin & Tonic on the sundeck to watch the sun set.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early transfer for all guests ready for their flights home.
Day 13
 
Guest Transfer
Meet the guests from the early Emirates flight, while in transit back to Sea Spirit the guests set their dive gear up ready for the afternoon dive.
Dive 1
A LARGE FEMALE MANTA swam right over the divers heads , w-tips down in the sand , Couple of Napoleons ,100s of Blue stripe snappers & Yellow spot snappers , Bat fish , Many different morays finishing off with a gentle drift along the top of the reef.
Day 1
Dive 1
Fab start to the day with a snorkel with 2 MANTA RAYS in very shallow water. The dive was lovely with 16 Eagle rays , many w-tips , Huge shoal of bat fish , 100s of blue stripe snappers , Hawksbill turtle , lovely burnt Orange anemones , octopus , mantis shrimp.
Dive 2
2 Eagle rays , 1 small Grey shark , w-tips , swirling big eye jacks , friendly hawksbill , shoals of Amba jacks , cave full of glass fish , very friendly bat fish , so many anemone fish on-top of the large overhang , free way of fusiliers.
Dive 3
Two of the three sting rays followed us for the whole dive along with the w-tips all going crazy every time the GT’s caught a fish , moray eels out on the hunt , lion fish , turtles trying to sleep, very small yellow cromodoris , spearing mantis , Red snapper charging about making it a very exciting dive with the bonus of having the whole site to ourselves.
Dive 4
Started of with 2 MANTAS ... and the smaller one stayed for the whole dive doing loop the loops right in front of the guests!!
Day 2
Dive 1
Huge shoal of chevron barracuda , 100s of big eyes , Bat fish some hanging out in the overhangs being cleaned , very small hawksbill , couple of juv w-tips swimming round and round under one of the table corals , so many anemone fish. The end of the dive was cool hanging out at the front of the thila watching the tuna charging the fusiliers sending fleeing past the divers.
Dive 2
20+ Eagle rays , huge shoal of bat fish , both grey sharks & w-tips sharks , long nose emperor & blue fin along with a napoleon all on the hunt together , swirling mass of big eye jacks , wall of pyramid butter-fly fish , queens fish , dog tooth tuna , rainbow runners. Star Fish spawning.
Dive 3
11 Eagle rays , large female grey cruising along the reef while the smaller males hung out in the blue, vortex of jacks , very friendly napoleon , huge mama puffer fish, the whole ridge was covered in a layer of bassets and juv red-tooth trigger fish
Evening Activity
Some of the guests went shopping while Pam came for a 5k run around the local island.
Day 3
Dive 1
Early morning dive to go look for Hammer-heads no joy this morning but with so much life and action all along the ridge and even back on the main reef it made it a really enjoyable morning dive.
Dive 2
Local fisherman told us about a deep thila so we decided to go on a little adventure and dive something new to all of us , the reef was very interesting with the deeper part being very healthy and full of life , Free-way of luna fusiliers , couple of male w-tips closely following a larger female round , both whip-tail and feather-tail ray , small eagle ray , 4 hawksbills and 1 larger green turlte. layer after layer of pyramid butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Deep drop of with a wall starting at 40m and this is where you find the lovely bright pink Hydrocoral which is a hard coral and only found in the northern atolls , large eagle ray , hawks-bill after hawksbill plus a couple of green turtles.Pompano , large milk fish, dog-tooth tuna , large shoal of 2 spot snappers & yellow goat fish.
Evening Activity
Had fun snorkelling with a spearing Mantis Shrimp using the lights to hunt at the back on Sea Spirit.
Day 4
Dive 1
Gentle drift along overhangs & Pinnacles full of Soft coral & sea fans , 4 marble sting rays two swimming around , couple of turtles , free-way of fusiliers , large shoal of mid-night snappers , wave after wave of blue stripe snappers.
Dive 2
WOW .. WHAT A SITE!!! With the whole area covered in a layer of basslets and pinnacles full of soft coral with walls of blue stripe snappers , large torpedo ray , black ribbon eel , hump-head snappers , just a really stunning site.
Dive 3
Many different juv reed fish - I've never found so many on one dive before , sting ray been cleaned , ledges full of glass fish, free-way of fusiliers.
Evening Activity
Drinks on the sun deck to watch a perfect sunset.
Day 5
Dive 1
Fish soup at the start of the dive - in parts you could not even see the reef , both marble and feather-tail ray , very friendly hawksbill , 2 Mantas cleaning , little nurse shark swimming around . Can't believe we had a Male LEMON SHARK swimming around and around right in front of the guests - how amazing is that !!!!!!
Dive 2
Started the dive watching 2 MANTAS CLEANING at the cleaning station followed by a drift along to the aquarium to enjoy the huge shoal of masses of fish , Porcupine ray , marble ray , huge napoleon and again we had a swim by from the Lemon Shark.
Dive 3
Stunning Drift along ledges & overhangs full of amazing soft coral some been bright orange , turtle after turtle , huge dog-tooth tuna , 3 napoleons swimming around together , finishing the dive with a swift drift along the reef top over a fab garden of hard coral.
Snorkelling
Snorkel after the dive with a large pod of dolphins.
Day 6
Dive 1
Guests asked if they could dive this site again as they really enjoyed it yesterday. This morning we had a very gentle current so guests were able to slow down and really enjoy the reef. For me the best part is the layer after layer of the Bassletts leaving a whole wave of orange - I've never seen so many!
Dive 2
AMAZING ... as we descended you could watch a Large female GUITAR SHARK being closely followed by 2 smaller males swimming around on top of the thila before gliding over the edge , nurse shark swimming around along the sand , female grey shark having a rest under the overhang and, yes, it was a grey shark - we have video and photos to prove it! Couple of smaller greys out along the sand , huge shoal of two different types of snappers , huge marble ray , barracuda this site had some much happening it was hard to know what part to look at fist…. AND WOW ... right at the end of the dive we had 6 GUITAR SHARKS - two large females being followed by 4 smaller males which seemed to be some sort of mating dance!
Dive 3
Strong current so you had to work a little to reach the front of the thila in the current point. It was a case of 'hook in' an watch the show - with tuna charging the fusiliers sending a wall of blue right at us, 100s of pyramid butter-fly fish , large shoal of fosters barracuda.
Evening Activity
We had a lovely walk around the local island to visit the 400 year old Kaani Tree and to enjoy watching the sunset from the beach . Myself and one of the guests ( Pam ) went for a run along a lovely sandy round ending with a fab view of the sea - was funny having some local children race us back to Nuimath at the end of our run…. Giggles all round.
Day 7
Dive 1
SHARK TASTIC !!!! we had the GUITAR SHARKS from start to end of the dive with the two females been closely followed by 3 much smaller males we even had them hanging out with us on top of the thila. Nurse shark , 2 eagle rays , sting rays been cleaned and out on the hunt , large shoals of snappers and grey sweet-lips , really lovely swim through full of smaller reef fish , couple of juv grey sharks , 100s of Amba jacks came swirling around us.
Dive 2
100s & 100s of big eye jacks , leopard shark , w-tips , so many octopus some out swimming around , huge shoal of bat fish , juv eagle ray , great barracuda , 2 feather-tail rays and 2 marble sting rays , large shoal of chevron barracuda. Then to have the bat fish hang out with us while we did our safety stops.
Dive 3
So many sting rays and mainly all swimming around , couple of w-tips sharks , huge shoal of big eye jacks and chevron barracuda , Great barracuda being cleaned , very friendly bat fish , octopus , mantis shrimp , hawksbill turtle , juv eagle ray , rainbow runners , scribble file fish , many different morays.
Day 8
Dive 1
Very pretty dive with a small current so you could move around the small thila freely , the whole thila was covered in a layer of basslets , lion fish , 2 w-tip reef sharks swimming round under one of the overhangs , Large female marble ray been followed by a smaller male they really didn't mind us at all hanging out with them, very friendly juv eagle ray , shoal of bat fish , 100s of fusiliers , dog-tooth tuna , cromodoris glenei , large shoal of chevron barracuda.
Dive 2
Nice current dive taking us flying along the reef , 1 large grey reef shark , huge shoal of big eye jacks , giant sweet-lips and grey sweet-lips , large shoals of red-tail butter-fly fish and oriental sweet-lips , pale of white leaf fish , so many honey-comb morays , both green & hawksbill turtles , marble ray been cleaned , peacock flounder.
Dive 3
Large shoal of pompano’s , big eye jacks , rainbow runners , w-tip reef sharks , large shoals of different butter-fly fish & snappers , large green turtle , many honey-comb morays , pair of leaf fish.
Dive 4
Three large napoleons sleeping in and under the wreck ,large saddle back grouper sleeping in the wheel house , juv peacock flounder , flathead fish , 2 teeny tiny squid ( so cute ) black-tip reef shark , very small hawksbill turtle , large hermit crab out walking around , black jacks charging around using our torch lights to hunt , blush check pipe fish , octopus.
Day 9
Dive 1
This site is one of the best places in the Maldives to get up close and personal to the many green turtles - we even had some swimming a round followed by bat fish , 3 eagle rays , large grey reef shark , large napoleons , shoals of soldier fish hanging under the large overhang , pipe fish , Bat fish.
Dive 2
MY GOODNESS ... WHAT A CURRENT!!! We all dropped down on the front of the atoll plate to watch the grey sharks swim back and fourth with ease along with tune and jacks , then to be swept into the channel - some making it to the thila while the others got swept up the channel , even the fish on top of the thila were all hiding behind coral blocks to get out of the current.
Dive 3
Totally different dive with no current so everyone was able to do a long relaxing dive enjoying the anemone garden on the top of the thila which was covered in a layer of glass fish which were being charged at by blue-fin travelly. lion fish , large shoal of banner fish and surgeon fish along the West side , long-nose hawk fish , coral blocks covered in christmas tree worms.
Evening Activity
Sat watching an amazing lightning show over the local island after dinner.
Day 10
Dive 1
1 MANTA, both marble ray & whip-tail ray , 2 grey reef sharks , large shoal of big eye jacks came swirling round us , large dog-tooth tuna , honey-comb morays , hawksbill turtle , lovely white anemone with 2 pink anemone fish living in it , large shoal of surgeon fish , free way of fusiliers.
Dive 2
I always love this site .. with stunning hard coral all covered in small reef fish , plus circular bat fish , eagle rays , huge napoleons , very friendly hawksbill turtle but for me the best was swimming along the reef top along the sand and finding Sting ray after sting ray both feather-tails and porcupine rays , 3 juv bump-head parrot fish , 100s of butter-fly fish.
Dive 3
Yes, we finally got to dive this channel after all these years and WOW - WHAT A RIDE! We had a strong current taking us flying along the front of the channel then finishing off drifting into the channel ending up with a lovely coral garden. Yes, we did see a couple of sharks and eagle rays along with huge shoals of snappers but no chance to stop and enjoy as the current was to strong.
Day 11
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip Perfect way to end a perfect trip with all 34 dives with not one other dive boat to be seen or diver except our own guests. Lovely gentle swim along overhangs full of fan corals and 100s of blue-stripe snappers , couple of w-tips , interesting pinnacles with huge shoal of surgeon fish & Grey sweet-lips hanging around them finishing on top of the thila to enjoy the large coral blocks covered in smaller reef fish.
After the dive we had a very pleasant journey back to Hulemale allowing guests to wash & dry their dive gear and to enjoy the lovely sunshine while relaxing on the sun-deck.
Evening Activity
I took one of the guests ( Pam ) for a 5k run around Hulemale then back to the boat for a shower ready for a cool Gin & Tonic on the sundeck to watch the sun set.
Day 12
Guest Transfer
Early transfer for all guests ready for their flights home.
Day 13
Sea Spirit SS501 3 Apr 2016 to 10 Apr 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from their international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Very relaxing check out dive with plenty of life , huge shoal's of blue stripe snappers and yellow spot snappers , Very friendly Hawks-bill , pair of octopus , w-tips , sting ray , zebra moray swimming around , lovely burnt orange anemones. Really nice way to start our first trip back out on Sea Spirit.
Day 1
Dive 1
Great morning dive with Eagle rays & many w-tips , mating Octopus , free swimming Zebra moray , Huge shoal of blue strip snappers , Very friendly Hawksbill , Ornate Eagle ray .
Dive 2
I just love this dive site the best way to describe the site is fish soup !!!! Grey sharks coming in to be cleaned within a meter of us , w-tips , Huge shoal of big eye jacks , Napoleon & blue-fin hunting together , couple of eagle rays and a blanket of orange basslets all over the top of the ridge.
Dive 3
So many greys around the deep pinnacle along with blue stripe snappers & Big eye snappers , 2 Sting rays , very friendly hawksbills one even sat on one of the guest head... very funny. Bat fish , huge tuna , Mating octopus ,
Night Dive
Always a great night dive we had w-tips and 2 sting rays follow us for the whole dive , GT's charging around the place , Morays out on the hunt , 2 hawksbill trying to sleep , Lion fish. Grey shark kept buzzing us.
Night Dive
Well it had to be done we had 5 Mantas feeding at the back of the boat so we all had enough air left so we dropped down to watch the Manta dance.
Day 2
Dive 1
We had Mantas on and off for the whole dive some gliding right over the divers heads plus three younger males all doing loop the loops in the blue right at the end of our dive.
Dive 2
5 Mantas on the cleaning station , Both greys and w-tips out in the sand and oceanic trigger fish, huge naploean , hump-head parrot fish , huge shoal of blue stripe snappers and banner fish covering the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Something for everyone with mental for the guys and Nudis & pipe fish for the macro divers , lots of reef fish all around the wreck plue a stunning hard coral garden to explore at eh end of the dive.
Evening Activity
Something for everyone with metal ( wreck ) for the guys and Nudis & pipe fish for the macro divers , lots of reef fish all around the wreck blue a stunning hard coral garden to explore at eh end of the dive.
Day 3
Dive 1
Wow 11 Mobula some been cleaned before the whole group swam right between the guest , so many w-tips , sting ray been cleaned , huge shoal of big eye’s , 2mm size yellow notodoris , many different types of morays , juve sweet-lip wiggling around.
Dive 2
WHALE SHARK while on the dive.
Dive 3
Hard work with the current picking up half way into the dive but wow blue blue water and so many fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
Huge current so we eneded up going for a drift dive , Black-tips sharks , w-tips , somany napoleons , juv w-tips resting under a ledge , huge green turtle , bird-wing flatworn swimming , octopus, very freindly mantis shrimp.
Dive 2
Intresting pinnacles all covered in pink & orange soft coral , 3 napoleons all hanging out together , w-tips , huge shoal of big eye jacks , mini leaf fish , large shoal of surgeon fish , pair of scorpion fish moving around.
Dive 3
Spent the whole dive on the front of the channel watching so many grey sharks & w-tips , 11 eagle rays all in formation came right over the geust heads followed by a swift drift into the channel.
Dive 4
So much fun and so much action from start to finish with many many nurse sharks , sting rays , GT’s , black-tips and blue fin.
Day 5
Dive 1
Another Shark dive with so many all along the front of the channel along with 3 eagle rays , sting ray and huge shoal of big eye jacks , it was hard to leave the front due to low bottom time.
Dive 2
8 Ribbon eels , Lion fish , w-tips , napoleons , pompano’s , huge spearing Mantis , nudi’s and many different types of shrimps some busy cleaning a large moray but for me the best wa shaving the surprise visit from 4 Mantas doing loop the loops just of the reef and even while we did our safely stops.
Dive 3
8 Ribbon eels , Lion fish , w-tips , napoleons , pompano’s , huge spearing Mantis , nudi’s and many different types of shrimps some busy cleaning a large moray but for me the best wa shaving the surprise visit from 4 Mantas doing loop the loops just of the reef and even while we did our safely stops.
Evening Activity
Some guest went for a walk about around a local island and got caught in such a down pour … but was great to see the local all out enjoying the rain after having 2 months without any and the temp’s getting hotter and hotter.
Day 6
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip so we decided to go for a drift dive while we have such big currents and was the perfect end to a fun packed trip with a first for most of seen a leopard shark and a very enjoyable drift along a reef full of life.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early wake up for the guest ready for their transfer to the airport ready for there flights home. Had a great first trip back and both David & Myself are so happy to be back at sea and sharing the wonders of the Maldives.
Day 8
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from their international flights and transferred to Sea Spirit.
Dive 1
Very relaxing check out dive with plenty of life , huge shoal's of blue stripe snappers and yellow spot snappers , Very friendly Hawks-bill , pair of octopus , w-tips , sting ray , zebra moray swimming around , lovely burnt orange anemones. Really nice way to start our first trip back out on Sea Spirit.
Day 1
Dive 1
Great morning dive with Eagle rays & many w-tips , mating Octopus , free swimming Zebra moray , Huge shoal of blue strip snappers , Very friendly Hawksbill , Ornate Eagle ray .
Dive 2
I just love this dive site the best way to describe the site is fish soup !!!! Grey sharks coming in to be cleaned within a meter of us , w-tips , Huge shoal of big eye jacks , Napoleon & blue-fin hunting together , couple of eagle rays and a blanket of orange basslets all over the top of the ridge.
Dive 3
So many greys around the deep pinnacle along with blue stripe snappers & Big eye snappers , 2 Sting rays , very friendly hawksbills one even sat on one of the guest head... very funny. Bat fish , huge tuna , Mating octopus ,
Night Dive
Always a great night dive we had w-tips and 2 sting rays follow us for the whole dive , GT's charging around the place , Morays out on the hunt , 2 hawksbill trying to sleep , Lion fish. Grey shark kept buzzing us.
Night Dive
Well it had to be done we had 5 Mantas feeding at the back of the boat so we all had enough air left so we dropped down to watch the Manta dance.
Day 2
Dive 1
We had Mantas on and off for the whole dive some gliding right over the divers heads plus three younger males all doing loop the loops in the blue right at the end of our dive.
Dive 2
5 Mantas on the cleaning station , Both greys and w-tips out in the sand and oceanic trigger fish, huge naploean , hump-head parrot fish , huge shoal of blue stripe snappers and banner fish covering the cleaning station.
Dive 3
Something for everyone with mental for the guys and Nudis & pipe fish for the macro divers , lots of reef fish all around the wreck plue a stunning hard coral garden to explore at eh end of the dive.
Evening Activity
Something for everyone with metal ( wreck ) for the guys and Nudis & pipe fish for the macro divers , lots of reef fish all around the wreck blue a stunning hard coral garden to explore at eh end of the dive.
Day 3
Dive 1
Wow 11 Mobula some been cleaned before the whole group swam right between the guest , so many w-tips , sting ray been cleaned , huge shoal of big eye’s , 2mm size yellow notodoris , many different types of morays , juve sweet-lip wiggling around.
Dive 2
WHALE SHARK while on the dive.
Dive 3
Hard work with the current picking up half way into the dive but wow blue blue water and so many fish.
Day 4
Dive 1
Huge current so we eneded up going for a drift dive , Black-tips sharks , w-tips , somany napoleons , juv w-tips resting under a ledge , huge green turtle , bird-wing flatworn swimming , octopus, very freindly mantis shrimp.
Dive 2
Intresting pinnacles all covered in pink & orange soft coral , 3 napoleons all hanging out together , w-tips , huge shoal of big eye jacks , mini leaf fish , large shoal of surgeon fish , pair of scorpion fish moving around.
Dive 3
Spent the whole dive on the front of the channel watching so many grey sharks & w-tips , 11 eagle rays all in formation came right over the geust heads followed by a swift drift into the channel.
Dive 4
So much fun and so much action from start to finish with many many nurse sharks , sting rays , GT’s , black-tips and blue fin.
Day 5
Dive 1
Another Shark dive with so many all along the front of the channel along with 3 eagle rays , sting ray and huge shoal of big eye jacks , it was hard to leave the front due to low bottom time.
Dive 2
8 Ribbon eels , Lion fish , w-tips , napoleons , pompano’s , huge spearing Mantis , nudi’s and many different types of shrimps some busy cleaning a large moray but for me the best wa shaving the surprise visit from 4 Mantas doing loop the loops just of the reef and even while we did our safely stops.
Dive 3
8 Ribbon eels , Lion fish , w-tips , napoleons , pompano’s , huge spearing Mantis , nudi’s and many different types of shrimps some busy cleaning a large moray but for me the best wa shaving the surprise visit from 4 Mantas doing loop the loops just of the reef and even while we did our safely stops.
Evening Activity
Some guest went for a walk about around a local island and got caught in such a down pour … but was great to see the local all out enjoying the rain after having 2 months without any and the temp’s getting hotter and hotter.
Day 6
Dive 1
Last dive of the trip so we decided to go for a drift dive while we have such big currents and was the perfect end to a fun packed trip with a first for most of seen a leopard shark and a very enjoyable drift along a reef full of life.
Day 7
Guest Transfer
Early wake up for the guest ready for their transfer to the airport ready for there flights home. Had a great first trip back and both David & Myself are so happy to be back at sea and sharing the wonders of the Maldives.
Day 8
Sea Spirit SS499 6 Mar 2016 to 18 Mar 2016 Central Atolls & Beyond (12 day)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' international airport and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled across the atoll to make our check dive
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with two large adult male MANTA RAYS as they cleaned over a shallow reef
Dive 1
An easy drift for our check dive with sleeping white tip sharks, a mixed school of blue stripe snappers and goldspot emperors. There were bright orange, pink and blue coloured magnificent anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, many pyramid butterflyfish and a carpet anemone with a pair or porcelain crabs and a shorthead shrimp
A beautiful manta greeted us at our check div site on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Tunas and big jobfish chased rivers of neon fusiliers in the shallows along the entire length of the thila. Spiny lobters peered out from underneath porites coral blocks. We saw white tip and grey sharks plus a school of big eye jacks, a hawksbill turtle and schools of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips as we drifted along the reef.
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with a female manta!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
A BEAUTIFUL OCEAN REEF WITH WHITE TIP SHRKS, GREY SHARKS AND EVEN BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS CRUISING AROUND. WE DESCENDED OVER THE CURRENT POINT AND AN ENORMOUS SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS WHICH MEANDERED AROUND SHALLOW AND DEEP. WE FOUND A YELLOW LEAF FISH A LARGE AREA OF GARDEN EELS, A SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP AND THEN 6+2 EAGLE RAYS OVER THE SAND AREA AND THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
Grey sharks at the current point, blacktips up in the shallows 10 SHORT FIN MOBULA RAYS along the wall, eagle rays, a manta, a pair of pale yellow leaf fish, a GREAT BARRACUDA, schooling mackerel tunas, pyramid butterflyfish, a hawkbill turtle and EVERY KIND OF REEF FISH AND MANY CORAL VARIETIES UP IN THE SHALLOWS. BEAUTIFUL
Day 2
Big eye jacks school from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We descended into a school of swirling jacks with grey sharks at the current point again plus a school of large chevron barracudas. We found spearing mantis shrimps and Hassi garden eels on the sand and eagle rays over the ridge and sand bowl. We drifted along the ocean reef wall covered in scissortail and Pavo chromis plus rudderfish and giant trevallies. What a wonderful way to start the day!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
A colourful thila with a current point at both ends! There were big eye jacks and neon fusiiers at one end and red snappers and schooling bannerfish at the other. We loved the Clarke's anemonefish in the radioactive red bubble anemone, the pink stonefish and the stars of the show were the longfin batfish from a school of 60+ which swam up and down the reef and investigated divers
Dive 3
Not good visibility but so much action! There were large and small grey sharks at the current point and over the 30m deep coral block, lots of white tip sharks cruising the drop off or sleeping in the sand, and golden jacks plus schools iof rainbow runners looking for sharks to rub themselves on. On the top of the thila were two very friendly hawksbill turtles, hunting octopus, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, chevron barrcudas etc.
Night Dive
The manta show commenced at 22.15 tonight so it was a late night for divers! We enjoyed watching a new male manta spin and turn as he fed on plankton. It was worth the wait!
Day 3
Grey sharks and Jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA SHOW WITH 13+ DIFFERENT MANTA ALL BUSY BEING CLEANED AND SOME FLYING HIGH THROUGH OUR BUBBLES AND CHECKING US OUT CLOSELY. ALSO LOVELY BLOCKS FULL OF SWEETLIPS AND CARPET ANEMONES WITH FISH AND SHRIMPS
Dive 2
No mantas today but an incredible show of yellow fish including bluestripe snappers, yellow goatfish and oriental sweetlips, also schools of shadow soldierfish, big eye emperors, and humpback snappers . Away from the reef wall were large schools of Forster's barracudas and Bohar snappers. Hidden amongst the coral blocks were several small white tips. The photographers loved this one!
Dive 3
A beautiful sponge and coral covered thila with deep blocks smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals. We saw baby tiera batfish, a hawksbill turtle suspended in a black coral tree suspended by his front flippers (!!), purple magnifica anemones and jewel-like ascidians.
The crew went fishing
Day 4
Mantas overhead! from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH 7 DIFFERENT MANTAS BUSY BEING CLEANED AND PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE DIVE. ONE WENT AIRBOURNE WHEN IT BREACHED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US OVER THE CLEANING STATION!!!!! Also grey sharks, white tip sharks, longfin mobula, BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH lovely schools of fish and a spider conch with its eye peering at us from under the shell.
Dive 2
We spent 15 minutes looking for mantas but then went for a drift through the beautiful pink and orange soft coral overhangs full of large seafans and curly and straight sea whips plus bluestripe snappers, soldierfish, angelfish and many butterflyfish making for extremely photogenic conditions and everyone loved this beautiful site
Dive 3
An easy drift on an ocean reef. We found white mouth morays, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps, orange stripe tangs, Indian bannerfish, white tips, baby grey sharks, Napoleons and manta Sansa came to visit us at the end of the dive!
Day 5
Beautiful reef fish are a feature of many dives in the Maldives
Dive 1
THIS SITE IS FAMOUS FOR ITS SUPER-FRIENDLY MANTAS AND WE HAD A LOVELY SHOW WITH MANTAS THROUGHOUT THE 90 MINUTE DIVE. Tick, Vidhey and Harriet potter mantas gave us the best shows but we had close flybys and very close interactions with lots of different animals and it really was a speial dive. WE ALSO HAD A LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK FLY THROUGH THE GROUP LOOKING RATHER AGITATED AND GREY SHARKS BEING CLEANED ON THE REEF SLOPE
Dive 2
We spent the morning looking for whale sharks and had two aborted attempts to snorkel (the ws dived before we could get close) so we went for a dive. No ws, but plenty of lovely actions with TWO LARGE NURSE SHARKS SLPING UNDER CORAL BLOCKS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, A PAIR OF SHORTFIN MOBULAS, WHITE TIP SHARKS SLEEPING IN SAND, SCHOOLS OF BOHAR SNAPPERS, CORAL BLOCKS FULL OF REEF FISH INCLUDING THICKLIP AND BIRD WRASSES ETC.
Dive 3
A small thila with steep walls decorated with large black coral trees and many purple anemones. The site is famous for its friendly hawksbill turtles and sure enough we met several who were very accommodating to the photographers and everyone got their shots! We found AN ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAY resting in one of the overhangs full of sponges and seafans, glassfish-filled caves, etc.
Evening Activity
Ashore to local island for sightseeing and some souvenir shopping before cocktails on deck
Day 6
Tick! Our very friendly manta today on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Wreck site in blue-blue water and lots of silversprats being chased around by tunas and bluefin jacks. A school of LONGFIN BATFISH wafted past several time, we fund two stonefish up at the bow, one very fluffy and green and the other very pink! We also found a Thecacera picta nudi, lionfish hunting glassfish and some crown of thorns seastars on the main reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll with an accompaniment of spinner dolphins from a pod of 100+
Dive 2
We descended onto the channel corner smothered in neon fusiliers and then travelled across the front and found 2+1 eagle rays and a mangrove whipray, plus white tip sharks. We had a strong current drift into the channel and the group separated but most made it to the beautiful coral garden inside the channel which goes on and on with some magnificent coral structures
MELON HEAD WHALES! WE APPROACHED A POD OF AROUND 30 AND HAD A GROUP OF AROUND 8 PASS BY US SEVERAL TIMES CLEARLY CURIOUS OF THE NOISY HUMANS WHOOPING AND WAVING AT THEM. SUCH BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS AND SO LARGE WHEN CLOSE UP, THIS WAS A REALLY MAGICAL EXPERIENCE
Dive 3
An other fast drift this one starting at BLE SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES with a large school of big eye jacks plus many sleek surgeonfish. We drifted along the ocean reef wall past many small overhngs and then enjoyed the excellent hard coral crown from 5-15m full of anthias and schools of reef fish. We saw several Napoleons, Platax and orbicular batfish, longnose emperors etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Day 7
Bow of the Kudhimaa from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A POD OF SPINNER DOLPHINS JOINED THE DHONI AS SHE HEADED OUT TO THE DIVE SITE where we had dramatic overhangs cascading down the channel corner with pink and blue soft corals and a variety of seafans and sea whips with many reef fish including spotted groupers and longnose hawkfish. There were fields of anemones in the shallows full of anemonefish
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Meemu stoll
Dive 2
INCREDIBLE DIVE! ON THE CORNER WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND A SQUADRON OF 17 EAGLE RAYS!!! WE CROSSED THE CHANNEL PASSING MNY MORE GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS ENJOYING THE DRAMATIC YELLOW SOFT CORALS AND MANY FUSILIERS AND MACKEREL SCADS PLUS LARGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS AND FORSTERS BARRACUDAS. ON THE WEST SIDE WERE MANY REEF FISH OVER CORALS BLOKS SO WE STOPPED TO ENJOY BEFORE DRIFTING IN ALONG A LOVELY CORAL-COVERED WALL WITH SCHOOLS OF FISH IN THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
This time around we had an AMAZING SHARK SHOW in a stronger current so we just hooked in and watched GREY REEF SHARKS, WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS AND EVEN A FEW SILVERTIP SHARKS PLUS SOME EAGLE RAYS CRUISE PAST. We had a fast and bumpy drift into the channel and to a sand slope with pretty coral islands full of reef fish
Evening Activity
Darren and Colin went night-fishing with the crew and came back with a GT and a big jobfish. The rest of us enjoyed cocktails on top deck :-)
Day 8
Lots of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER INCREDIBLE DIVE AT THIS SITE WITH ANOTHER AMAZING SHARKS SHOW WITH LOTS OF GREYS, WHITE TIPS AND SILVERTIP SHARKS PLUS EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, A MANGROVE WHIPRAY AND FANTASTIC SCHOOLS OF REEF FISH FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER SCENIC DRIFT
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
To have some contrast we made a dive on a small thila with steep sides covered in blue finger sponges, orange and green sponges, anemones, black coral trees and Menella seafans with good hard coral grown and an excellent variety of reef fish. This site provided some excellent photographic opportunities. We loved the orange and yellow/purple anthias and the variety of colours of anemones. Tufael the dhoni deckhand had a diving lesson!
Dive 3
A very dramatic reef with yellow soft coral hung terraces and dramatic schools of fish along the front of a shallow channel. The enormous schools of big eye jacks swept up and down and meandered into overhangs and then swept into the depths. There were schools of pale and sleek surgeonfish and many snappers, tunas, butterflyfish etc. A couple of curious Napoleons passed by and a round ribbontail ray hid in an overhang. Over the small channel we saw rainbow runners rubbing themselves on grey reef sharks
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank for sundowners
Day 9
Schooling eagle rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another fabulous dive! THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL WAS PLUMPED BY THE CURRENT AND EAG;E RAYS AND GREY REEF SHARKS CRUISED THE CHANNEL FRONT WHILST THE LARGE SCHOOLS OF JACKS AND BOHAR AND BLACK & WHITE SNAPPERS HUNG IN THE WATER COLUMN RIDING THE CURRENT. Tunas and giant trevallies chased schools of fusiliers and mackerel scads. What a show!
We spied a couple of likely beaked whales over deep water but they dived before we could get close :-(
Dive 2
A drift on an ocean reef with deep overhangs and a lovely hard coral crown above 15m. We found a Berthella mertensi nudibranch, a baby white tip shark partially hidden in the coral a PORCUPINE ray and spent the last 15 minutes playing with an amazing school of big eye jacks off the reef
Dive 3
A steep drop-off reef with some overhangs and many orange anthias over corals above 20m with lots of small groupers and morays. Schools of snappers and surgeons hung over coral blocks on the corner and we then drifted over sleeping white tips and shallow reef ending up over a fish covered block of Pavona coral where large brown marbled groupers were lurking
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, JENKINS RAYS A LARGE ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY PLUS BLACK TIP SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES. ALL THE FISH WERE AS EXCITED AS WE WERE!
Day 10
Dive 1
A LOVELY SHARK DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS. Tuna and fusiliers filled the water column. We then drifted across white sand dunes and over patch reef occupied by thousands of bannerfish and over corals filled with chromis and all species of damsels. Very scenic!
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with many sandy bottommed overhangs. We found several honeycomb morays. The shallow reef was filled with all types of reef fish over excellent hard corals including just so many table corals. We saw a pair of glitter giant trevallies, a school of rainbow runners and an eagle ray
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
A lovely drift along an ocean reef with many nepthia soft coral covered small coral blocks with featherstars and anemones and lots of reef fish. We saw THREE LARGE NAPOLEONS, BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, honeycomb morays, and many schools of fish including humpback snappers, pale surgeonfish and a lovely school of bannerfish. The overhngs inside the channel were very colourful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to local island for sightseeing and some souvenir shopping
Day 11
Stunning yellow soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Thila facing the ocean where we descended over large schools of Forster's barracudas and black and white snappers. Grey sharks and eagle rays edged the reef and just inside were around 10 baby grey sharks formaing a little school and whizzing around excitedly. The current was increasing and we drifted along the northern edge of the reef where there were many overhangs filled with corals and small fish. A really beautiful site!
Ocean Crossing
We travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage at Hulhumale'. We visited Male', the capital city, for sightseeing and to visit the ice-cream café.
Day 12
Stingray from MV Sea Spirit
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to the airport for onward international flights to Europe and onward transfers to resorts
Day 13
Sea Spirt, Maldives. What a beauty!
 
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived to Male' international airport and transferred to Sea Spirit. We travelled across the atoll to make our check dive
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with two large adult male MANTA RAYS as they cleaned over a shallow reef
Dive 1
An easy drift for our check dive with sleeping white tip sharks, a mixed school of blue stripe snappers and goldspot emperors. There were bright orange, pink and blue coloured magnificent anemones with families of blackfoot clownfish, many pyramid butterflyfish and a carpet anemone with a pair or porcelain crabs and a shorthead shrimp
A beautiful manta greeted us at our check div site on MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
Tunas and big jobfish chased rivers of neon fusiliers in the shallows along the entire length of the thila. Spiny lobters peered out from underneath porites coral blocks. We saw white tip and grey sharks plus a school of big eye jacks, a hawksbill turtle and schools of humpback snappers and oriental sweetlips as we drifted along the reef.
Snorkelling
Short snorkel with a female manta!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Rasdhoo atoll
Dive 2
A BEAUTIFUL OCEAN REEF WITH WHITE TIP SHRKS, GREY SHARKS AND EVEN BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS CRUISING AROUND. WE DESCENDED OVER THE CURRENT POINT AND AN ENORMOUS SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS WHICH MEANDERED AROUND SHALLOW AND DEEP. WE FOUND A YELLOW LEAF FISH A LARGE AREA OF GARDEN EELS, A SPEARING MANTIS SHRIMP AND THEN 6+2 EAGLE RAYS OVER THE SAND AREA AND THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
Grey sharks at the current point, blacktips up in the shallows 10 SHORT FIN MOBULA RAYS along the wall, eagle rays, a manta, a pair of pale yellow leaf fish, a GREAT BARRACUDA, schooling mackerel tunas, pyramid butterflyfish, a hawkbill turtle and EVERY KIND OF REEF FISH AND MANY CORAL VARIETIES UP IN THE SHALLOWS. BEAUTIFUL
Day 2
Big eye jacks school from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
We descended into a school of swirling jacks with grey sharks at the current point again plus a school of large chevron barracudas. We found spearing mantis shrimps and Hassi garden eels on the sand and eagle rays over the ridge and sand bowl. We drifted along the ocean reef wall covered in scissortail and Pavo chromis plus rudderfish and giant trevallies. What a wonderful way to start the day!
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 2
A colourful thila with a current point at both ends! There were big eye jacks and neon fusiiers at one end and red snappers and schooling bannerfish at the other. We loved the Clarke's anemonefish in the radioactive red bubble anemone, the pink stonefish and the stars of the show were the longfin batfish from a school of 60+ which swam up and down the reef and investigated divers
Dive 3
Not good visibility but so much action! There were large and small grey sharks at the current point and over the 30m deep coral block, lots of white tip sharks cruising the drop off or sleeping in the sand, and golden jacks plus schools iof rainbow runners looking for sharks to rub themselves on. On the top of the thila were two very friendly hawksbill turtles, hunting octopus, a Chromodoris glenei nudibranch, chevron barrcudas etc.
Night Dive
The manta show commenced at 22.15 tonight so it was a late night for divers! We enjoyed watching a new male manta spin and turn as he fed on plankton. It was worth the wait!
Day 3
Grey sharks and Jacks from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
AN AMAZING MANTA SHOW WITH 13+ DIFFERENT MANTA ALL BUSY BEING CLEANED AND SOME FLYING HIGH THROUGH OUR BUBBLES AND CHECKING US OUT CLOSELY. ALSO LOVELY BLOCKS FULL OF SWEETLIPS AND CARPET ANEMONES WITH FISH AND SHRIMPS
Dive 2
No mantas today but an incredible show of yellow fish including bluestripe snappers, yellow goatfish and oriental sweetlips, also schools of shadow soldierfish, big eye emperors, and humpback snappers . Away from the reef wall were large schools of Forster's barracudas and Bohar snappers. Hidden amongst the coral blocks were several small white tips. The photographers loved this one!
Dive 3
A beautiful sponge and coral covered thila with deep blocks smothered in glassfish and juvenile cardinals. We saw baby tiera batfish, a hawksbill turtle suspended in a black coral tree suspended by his front flippers (!!), purple magnifica anemones and jewel-like ascidians.
The crew went fishing
Day 4
Mantas overhead! from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER LOVELY MANTA SHOW WITH 7 DIFFERENT MANTAS BUSY BEING CLEANED AND PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE DIVE. ONE WENT AIRBOURNE WHEN IT BREACHED RIGHT IN FRONT OF US OVER THE CLEANING STATION!!!!! Also grey sharks, white tip sharks, longfin mobula, BUMPHEAD PARROTFISH lovely schools of fish and a spider conch with its eye peering at us from under the shell.
Dive 2
We spent 15 minutes looking for mantas but then went for a drift through the beautiful pink and orange soft coral overhangs full of large seafans and curly and straight sea whips plus bluestripe snappers, soldierfish, angelfish and many butterflyfish making for extremely photogenic conditions and everyone loved this beautiful site
Dive 3
An easy drift on an ocean reef. We found white mouth morays, Lysmata and banded coral shrimps, orange stripe tangs, Indian bannerfish, white tips, baby grey sharks, Napoleons and manta Sansa came to visit us at the end of the dive!
Day 5
Beautiful reef fish are a feature of many dives in the Maldives
Dive 1
THIS SITE IS FAMOUS FOR ITS SUPER-FRIENDLY MANTAS AND WE HAD A LOVELY SHOW WITH MANTAS THROUGHOUT THE 90 MINUTE DIVE. Tick, Vidhey and Harriet potter mantas gave us the best shows but we had close flybys and very close interactions with lots of different animals and it really was a speial dive. WE ALSO HAD A LARGE SILVERTIP SHARK FLY THROUGH THE GROUP LOOKING RATHER AGITATED AND GREY SHARKS BEING CLEANED ON THE REEF SLOPE
Dive 2
We spent the morning looking for whale sharks and had two aborted attempts to snorkel (the ws dived before we could get close) so we went for a dive. No ws, but plenty of lovely actions with TWO LARGE NURSE SHARKS SLPING UNDER CORAL BLOCKS, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS, A PAIR OF SHORTFIN MOBULAS, WHITE TIP SHARKS SLEEPING IN SAND, SCHOOLS OF BOHAR SNAPPERS, CORAL BLOCKS FULL OF REEF FISH INCLUDING THICKLIP AND BIRD WRASSES ETC.
Dive 3
A small thila with steep walls decorated with large black coral trees and many purple anemones. The site is famous for its friendly hawksbill turtles and sure enough we met several who were very accommodating to the photographers and everyone got their shots! We found AN ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAY resting in one of the overhangs full of sponges and seafans, glassfish-filled caves, etc.
Evening Activity
Ashore to local island for sightseeing and some souvenir shopping before cocktails on deck
Day 6
Tick! Our very friendly manta today on MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
Wreck site in blue-blue water and lots of silversprats being chased around by tunas and bluefin jacks. A school of LONGFIN BATFISH wafted past several time, we fund two stonefish up at the bow, one very fluffy and green and the other very pink! We also found a Thecacera picta nudi, lionfish hunting glassfish and some crown of thorns seastars on the main reef
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll with an accompaniment of spinner dolphins from a pod of 100+
Dive 2
We descended onto the channel corner smothered in neon fusiliers and then travelled across the front and found 2+1 eagle rays and a mangrove whipray, plus white tip sharks. We had a strong current drift into the channel and the group separated but most made it to the beautiful coral garden inside the channel which goes on and on with some magnificent coral structures
MELON HEAD WHALES! WE APPROACHED A POD OF AROUND 30 AND HAD A GROUP OF AROUND 8 PASS BY US SEVERAL TIMES CLEARLY CURIOUS OF THE NOISY HUMANS WHOOPING AND WAVING AT THEM. SUCH BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS AND SO LARGE WHEN CLOSE UP, THIS WAS A REALLY MAGICAL EXPERIENCE
Dive 3
An other fast drift this one starting at BLE SOFT CORAL HUNG CAVES with a large school of big eye jacks plus many sleek surgeonfish. We drifted along the ocean reef wall past many small overhngs and then enjoyed the excellent hard coral crown from 5-15m full of anthias and schools of reef fish. We saw several Napoleons, Platax and orbicular batfish, longnose emperors etc.
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Vattaru atoll
Day 7
Bow of the Kudhimaa from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A POD OF SPINNER DOLPHINS JOINED THE DHONI AS SHE HEADED OUT TO THE DIVE SITE where we had dramatic overhangs cascading down the channel corner with pink and blue soft corals and a variety of seafans and sea whips with many reef fish including spotted groupers and longnose hawkfish. There were fields of anemones in the shallows full of anemonefish
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Meemu stoll
Dive 2
INCREDIBLE DIVE! ON THE CORNER WERE LOTS OF GREY SHARKS AND A SQUADRON OF 17 EAGLE RAYS!!! WE CROSSED THE CHANNEL PASSING MNY MORE GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIPS ENJOYING THE DRAMATIC YELLOW SOFT CORALS AND MANY FUSILIERS AND MACKEREL SCADS PLUS LARGE SCHOOLS OF BIG EYE JACKS AND FORSTERS BARRACUDAS. ON THE WEST SIDE WERE MANY REEF FISH OVER CORALS BLOKS SO WE STOPPED TO ENJOY BEFORE DRIFTING IN ALONG A LOVELY CORAL-COVERED WALL WITH SCHOOLS OF FISH IN THE SHALLOWS
Dive 3
This time around we had an AMAZING SHARK SHOW in a stronger current so we just hooked in and watched GREY REEF SHARKS, WHITE TIP REEF SHARKS AND EVEN A FEW SILVERTIP SHARKS PLUS SOME EAGLE RAYS CRUISE PAST. We had a fast and bumpy drift into the channel and to a sand slope with pretty coral islands full of reef fish
Evening Activity
Darren and Colin went night-fishing with the crew and came back with a GT and a big jobfish. The rest of us enjoyed cocktails on top deck :-)
Day 8
Lots of grey sharks from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
ANOTHER INCREDIBLE DIVE AT THIS SITE WITH ANOTHER AMAZING SHARKS SHOW WITH LOTS OF GREYS, WHITE TIPS AND SILVERTIP SHARKS PLUS EAGLE RAYS, A SCHOOL OF BIG EYE JACKS, BARRACUDAS, A MANGROVE WHIPRAY AND FANTASTIC SCHOOLS OF REEF FISH FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER SCENIC DRIFT
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 2
To have some contrast we made a dive on a small thila with steep sides covered in blue finger sponges, orange and green sponges, anemones, black coral trees and Menella seafans with good hard coral grown and an excellent variety of reef fish. This site provided some excellent photographic opportunities. We loved the orange and yellow/purple anthias and the variety of colours of anemones. Tufael the dhoni deckhand had a diving lesson!
Dive 3
A very dramatic reef with yellow soft coral hung terraces and dramatic schools of fish along the front of a shallow channel. The enormous schools of big eye jacks swept up and down and meandered into overhangs and then swept into the depths. There were schools of pale and sleek surgeonfish and many snappers, tunas, butterflyfish etc. A couple of curious Napoleons passed by and a round ribbontail ray hid in an overhang. Over the small channel we saw rainbow runners rubbing themselves on grey reef sharks
Evening Activity
Ashore to sandbank for sundowners
Day 9
Schooling eagle rays from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Another fabulous dive! THE YELLOW SOFT CORAL WAS PLUMPED BY THE CURRENT AND EAG;E RAYS AND GREY REEF SHARKS CRUISED THE CHANNEL FRONT WHILST THE LARGE SCHOOLS OF JACKS AND BOHAR AND BLACK & WHITE SNAPPERS HUNG IN THE WATER COLUMN RIDING THE CURRENT. Tunas and giant trevallies chased schools of fusiliers and mackerel scads. What a show!
We spied a couple of likely beaked whales over deep water but they dived before we could get close :-(
Dive 2
A drift on an ocean reef with deep overhangs and a lovely hard coral crown above 15m. We found a Berthella mertensi nudibranch, a baby white tip shark partially hidden in the coral a PORCUPINE ray and spent the last 15 minutes playing with an amazing school of big eye jacks off the reef
Dive 3
A steep drop-off reef with some overhangs and many orange anthias over corals above 20m with lots of small groupers and morays. Schools of snappers and surgeons hung over coral blocks on the corner and we then drifted over sleeping white tips and shallow reef ending up over a fish covered block of Pavona coral where large brown marbled groupers were lurking
Night Dive
EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH MANY TAWNY NURSE SHARKS PLUS PINK WHIP RAYS, JENKINS RAYS A LARGE ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAY PLUS BLACK TIP SHARKS AND MANY GIANT TREVALLIES. ALL THE FISH WERE AS EXCITED AS WE WERE!
Day 10
Dive 1
A LOVELY SHARK DIVE WITH MANY GREY SHARKS OF ALL SIZES CRUISING ALONG THE CHANNEL FRONT PLUS LOTS OF WHITE TIP SHARKS. Tuna and fusiliers filled the water column. We then drifted across white sand dunes and over patch reef occupied by thousands of bannerfish and over corals filled with chromis and all species of damsels. Very scenic!
Dive 2
A dramatic ocean reef with many sandy bottommed overhangs. We found several honeycomb morays. The shallow reef was filled with all types of reef fish over excellent hard corals including just so many table corals. We saw a pair of glitter giant trevallies, a school of rainbow runners and an eagle ray
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 3
A lovely drift along an ocean reef with many nepthia soft coral covered small coral blocks with featherstars and anemones and lots of reef fish. We saw THREE LARGE NAPOLEONS, BLUE AND BLACK RIBBON EELS, honeycomb morays, and many schools of fish including humpback snappers, pale surgeonfish and a lovely school of bannerfish. The overhngs inside the channel were very colourful!
Evening Activity
Ashore to local island for sightseeing and some souvenir shopping
Day 11
Stunning yellow soft corals from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
Thila facing the ocean where we descended over large schools of Forster's barracudas and black and white snappers. Grey sharks and eagle rays edged the reef and just inside were around 10 baby grey sharks formaing a little school and whizzing around excitedly. The current was increasing and we drifted along the northern edge of the reef where there were many overhangs filled with corals and small fish. A really beautiful site!
Ocean Crossing
We travelled back towards Male' and our evening anchorage at Hulhumale'. We visited Male', the capital city, for sightseeing and to visit the ice-cream café.
Day 12
Stingray from MV Sea Spirit
Guest Transfer
All guests transferred to the airport for onward international flights to Europe and onward transfers to resorts
Day 13
Sea Spirt, Maldives. What a beauty!
Sea Spirit SS498 28 Feb 2016 to 6 Mar 2016 Central Atolls (7 days)
Guest Transfer
Guests arrived from international flights and resorts and transferred to Sea Spirit. After lunch we set up kit and made a check dive.
Dive 1
Easy check dive on resort house reef although current was strong at eastern tip of reef. We saw several BLACK TIP REEF SHARKS and some MONSTER MORAYS! A small overhang was full of red soldierfish. We saw yellow boxfish, scribbled filefish, two spot angelfish, schools of fusiliers etc.
Day 1
Desnse schools of fish are a common sight from MVs ea Spirit
Dive 1
A second easy dive as some divers were making their check dive. There were coral blocks on a reef slope with many small groupers and small cardinals, black tip reef sharks, many large morays again, a peacock mantis shrimp in its nest, elegant squat lobsters in puple and white crinoids etc,
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to South Male' atoll
Dive 2
Dive on wreck and reef. Lots of black coral and nepthia soft corals decorated the wreck. We found Lysmata and Durbanshrimps on the back of the wheelhouse plus lionfish and glassfish in many nooks and crannies. The western reef wall was decorayed with lacy white acabaria coral and there were many magnificent anemones with large blackfoot clownfish. We found Maldives sponge snails and various phyllidias
Dive 3
Drift along channel and ocean reef wall. We came across a large school of oriental sweetlips and some spiny lobsters almost immediately, also white tip sharks, silver sweetlips, rivers of fusiliers, a variety of morays etc. the drift was nicely paced with slow and fast sections making for a fun dive
Day 2
Beautiful purple magnificent anemones from MV Sea Spirit, Maldives
Dive 1
A brisk drift at a dramatic ocean reef site with schools of fusiliers and many giant trevallies on the ocean reef and white tip sharks and several large Napoleon wrasses over coral blocks on the slope. The coral blocks and oberhangs were decorated with nepthia soft corals and buzzed with orange anthias. We found two honeycomb morays a starry puffer, raccoon and bennerts butterflyfish etc.
Dive 2
Great macro dive! We found SEVERAL BLUE RIBBON EELS plus a baby black one, a pair of LEAF FISH, a large green leaf fish, bearded scorpionfish, Lysmata and Bruuni cleaner shrimps, lots of morays, various phyllidia slugs and a glorious flatworm
Ocean Crossing
Crossing to Felidhoo atoll
Dive 3
A LOVELY SHARK SHOW with lots of GREY SHARKS AND WHITE TIP SHARKS cruising the channel front. WE then driufted over sand dunes and patch reef full of Indian damsels and Pavo chromis bouncing around in table corals plus a lovely turtle
Night Dive
AN EXCITING NIGHT DIVE WITH LOTS OF HUNGRY NURSE SHARKS, BIG GTS, A PINK WHIPRAY, BLACKTIP REEF SHARKS AND EXTRA TONIGHT A TINY BABY NURSE SHARK!!!
Day 3
Many white tip sharks along front of channel from MV Sea Spirit
Dive 1
BACK TO SHARKY CHANNEL AND A STRONGER CURRENT AND ANOTHER EXCELLENT SHARK SHOW. There were lots of grey sharks of all sizes ranging from new borns up to large pregnant femalesplus lots of adult female white tip reef sharks. We had a faster drift and found na large MANGROVE WHIP RAY and loved the large school of bannerfish
Dive 2
Long thila with overhangs full of pale pink and green soft corals with lots of variety of reef fish plus larg schools of elongate surgeonfish and fusiliers. The coral coverage on the gentle slope is becoming more dense and was full of small fish. We found a large block full of glassfish with a yellow leaf fish
Ocean Crossing
Ocean crossing to Ari atoll
Dive 3
Small thila with steep sides and home to SEVERAL HAWKSBILL TURTLES which we found resting in nooks and out and about on the top, munching on the disc anemones. We also found a cave full of Bruuni cleaner shrimps, black coral trees full of Psmanthe shrimps and many juvenile cardinals glistening in the sunlight, a scorpionfish or two, brightly coloured magnificent anemonefish etc.
Evening Activity
A visit to this local island for some shopping and to meet the locals
Day 4
Hawksbill turtle and moray on the afternoon dive on Mv Sea Spirit
Dive 1
A SUPER MANTA SHOW WITH 6 LARGE AND EXCEEDINGLY FRIENDLY MANTAS SHARING THE ENTIRE 80 MINUTE DIVE WITH US WHILST THEY WERE CLEANED. THESE GIRLS ARE VERY INQUISITIVE OF DIVERS AND IT WAS SUCH A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE. We also found white mouth morays, schools of Indian bannerfish, crown squirrelfish, elongate surgeonfish, bluefaced angelfish, spotted trunkfish etc.
Dive 2
We had a frustrating search for a whale shark and just missed one at the start of this dive. WE drifted the ocean reef where there was a cold upwelling below 15m depth. There were white tip sharks resting in the sand and coral blocks full of different reef fish on the slope plus conches, Murex snails and a few Tiger cowries
Dive 3
A pretty thila with deep blocks covered in pink sponges and millions of baitfish over black coral trees. A school of baby batfish were hanging out. The main reef is steep with walls smothered in colourful sponges and ascidians with Bruuni and banded coral shrimps. In the shallows were two turtles and a field of purple anemones
Day 5
Friendly mantas from MV Sea Spirit Maldives
Dive 1
AN INCREDIBLE MANTA SHOW WITH 15-20 DIFFERENT MANTAS SEEN IN GROUPS OF 5 AT A TIME. THEY WERE LOW FLYING OVER OUR HEADS CHECKING US OUT AND ALSO BUSY ON THE SHALLOW BLOCK BEING CLEANED. We also enjoyed huge schools of blue strip snappers and yellow goatfish, a large eagle rays and several grey sharks and white tip sharks
Dive 2
A strong current so a fast and whirly drift with lots of sharks hanging out at the spurs and deep overhangs which plunged into current eddys and hung with white acabaria coral. A large female manta met us on the reef top at the end of the dive!